Participants

Peck, RaShelle R.

Bio: RaShelle R. Peck is a Postdoctoral Associate with the Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures (AMESALL) at Rutgers University. Her current book project, Nairobi Hip Hop Flow, is an interdisciplinary study that combines ethnography, archival work, political history, and music and performance analysis to account for the emergence and innovations of Nairobi‚Äôs rap culture. This project importantly centers the embodied performance practices of rap practitioners by studying how artists cultivate notions of diaspora as a gendered performative aesthetic. In other projects, she investigates how notions of Black futurity are present in the everydayness of Black cultural life. Her research interests include Kenyan and US popular culture, black performance theory, music studies, Afrofuturism, and gender and sexuality studies. She has published in Research in African Literatures, African Studies Review, and the Feminist Wire.