Chenjerai Kumanyika

Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika (@catchatweetdown) is a researcher, journalist, an artist who works as an assistant professor in Rutgers University’s Department of Journalism and Media Studies.

His research, and teaching focus on the intersections of social justice and emerging media in the cultural and creative industries. In the realm of public scholarship, Chenjerai is also the co-executive producer and co-host and of Gimlet Media’s new Peabody award-winning history podcast Uncivil, a consultant and guest contributor to Scene on Radio's Peabody award nominated Seeing White series.

Chenjerai has also contributed to public media such as Transom, NPR's Codeswitch, All Things Considered and Rising Up Radio with Sonali Kolhatkar. His January 2015 article on Vocal Color in Public Radio produced for spawned a nationwide discussion of diversity and voices in public media. Chenjerai is also a founding member of the hip-hop group Spooks, whose first album, S.I.O.S.O.S. Vol. 1 (2000) produced singles that reached gold-selling in four countries and placed highly on top ten charts around the world.


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