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Dr. Lester K. Spence


I am an Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University. I’m particularly interested in inequality (and resistance to it) in the wake of the neoliberal turn. My book Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics (2013 W.E.B. DuBois Distinguished Book Award winner) uses black popular culture to examine the neoliberalisation of black politics. I’ve published work in both academic journals and mainstream media, and can regularly be heard on National Public Radio and the Marc Steiner Show. A proud native of the Detroit area and a die-hard Wolverine I am also a husband and a father of five.

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