I am an Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University. I specialize in the study of black, racial, and urban politics in the wake of the neoliberal turn. An award winning scholar (in 2013 I received the W.E.B. DuBois Distinguished Book Award for my book Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics) and teacher (in 2009 I received an Excellence in Teaching Award), I 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 father of five. We live in challenging times. My goal in both my research and my teaching is to help make them less so.