Prof Eithne Quinn

Professor of Cultural Studies

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Eithne is the author of two books Nuthin' but a G Thang: The Culture and Commerce of Gangsta Rap (Columbia University Press, 2005) and A Piece of the Action: Race and Labor in Post-Civil Rights Hollywood (Columbia University Press, 2019), which won the 2020 BAAS Book Prize

She is Leadership Fellow on the Arts & Humanities Research Council project Prosecuting Rap: Criminal Justice and UK Black Youth Expressive Culture (2020-21)

Eithne has also published multiple peer reviewed articles in the areas of race, inequalities, cultural industries and representational justice. 

She is currently collaborating on a project on Tackling Racial Bias in the Judiciary -- a study of racist bias and antiracism training focusing on judicial office holders in England and Wales


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 Teaching areas

  • Hip Hop Studies (MA)
  • Climate Change & Culture Wars (3rd year special subject)
  • Cultural Studies (2nd year core)
  • Race and Representation in Contemporary America (1st year seminar)

In 2021, Eithne edited a pedagogy focused conversation in Journal of American Studies on Teaching Environmental American Studies in a Time of Crisis  



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Eithne acts as an independent expert in UK legal cases in which the prosecution seeks to rely on defendants’ rap music and related expressive culture as incriminating evidence. See her blog post. She is a full member of the Academy of Experts, the professional society and accrediting body for expert witnesses.

Eithne is also a member of the British Society of Criminology; British Association for American Studies; Media, Communication & Cultural Studies Association; and Society for Cinema and Media Studies.   




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