Angela Nelson

Associate Professor
Interim Chair for the Department of Ethnic Studies

OFFICE LOCATION: 249 Shatzel Hall
OFFICE PHONE NUMBER: +1-419-372-0284
E-MAIL: anelson@bgsu.edu
MPCA/ACA African-American Popular Culture Area: http://afampopcarea.wordpress.com/

 

Angela Nelson, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Popular Culture within the School of Cultural and Critical Studies at Bowling Green State University. Her current teaching and research focuses on black cultural production including the intersections of aesthetics, race, performance, and religion with African American music, stage plays, and representations of African Americans in postwar and contemporary comic art and television. Dr. Nelson has edited “This Is How We Flow”: Rhythm in Black Cultures (1999), co-edited Popular Culture Theory and Methodology: A Basic Introduction (2006), and published several articles and book chapters on different aspects of 20th century African American popular culture. She is currently conducting research on Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan stage plays examining their role within an African American Christian and performative context and how they mediate issues of race, gender, sexuality, class, place, and religion.

Research Interests:
African American popular culture studies with a focus on the representation of African Americans in television situation comedy, comic art, and stage plays, the cultural significance of African American folk music, popular music, and elite music, and the intersections with theology and religion

Degrees:
Ph.D., American Culture Studies, Bowling Green State University
M.M., Music Education, Bowling Green State University
B.M., Music Education, Converse College

Academic and Administrative Positions:

Acting Chair, Department of Ethnic Studies, Bowling Green State University, 2010-2011
Chair, Department of Popular Culture, Bowling Green State University, 2002-2009
Associate Professor, Department of Popular Culture, Bowling Green State University, 1999-present
Assistant Professor, Department of Popular Culture, Bowling Green State University, 1993-1999
Assistant Professor, Department of Music, Clarke College, 1992-1993
Instructor, Department of Music, Clarke College, 1991-1992

Affiliations:

Graduate Faculty, Graduate College, Bowling Green State University
Affiliated Faculty, Africana Studies, Bowling Green State University
Affiliated Faculty, American Culture Studies, Bowling Green State University

Courses:
POPC 1700 Black Popular Culture
POPC 3800 Black Popular Music
POPC 4600 Black Popular Film
POPC 6800 Black Popular Music
POPC 6820 Black Popular Culture Studies

Publications:          

·         Nelson, Angela M. “’Put Your Hands Together’: The Theological Meaning of Call-Response and Collective Participation in Rap Music.” Urban God Talk: Constructing a Hip Hop Spirituality, ed. Andre Johnson. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2013. 55-66.

·         Nelson, Angela M. “Studying Black Comic Strips: Popular Art and Discourses of Race.” Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation, eds. Ronald Jackson and Sheena Howard. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013. 97-110.

·         Nelson, Angela M. “Black Popular Culture.” Encyclopedia of Race and Racism, 2nd edition. Patrick Mason, Editor in Chief. Farmington Hills, Michigan: Macmillan Reference USA, 2013. 275-284.

·         Nelson, Angela M. “Religious Rhetoric in Tyler Perry’s Play Madea’s Family Reunion.” Rhetoric and Religion. A Special Issue of Memphis Theological Seminary Journal 50 (Spring 2012): http://mtsjournal.memphisseminary.edu/Home.

·         Nelson, Angela M. “Middle-Class Ideology in African-American Postwar Comic Strips.” From Bourgeois to Boojie: Black Middle-Class Performances, ed. Vershawn Ashanti Young and Bridget Harris Tsemo. Detroit, Mich.: Wayne State University Press, 2011. 175-90.

·         Nelson, Angela M. “’Put Your Hands Together’: The Theological Meaning of Percussion and Percussiveness in Rap Music.” Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture (1900 to Present) 10.1 (Spring 2011): http://www.americanpopularculture.com/journal/articles/spring_2011/nelson.htm.

·         Nelson, Angela M. “The Repertoire of Black Popular Culture.” Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture (1900 to Present) 8.1 (Spring 2009): http://www.americanpopularculture.com/journal/articles/spring_2009/nelson.htm.

·         Nelson, Angela M. “African American Stereotypes in Prime-Time Television: An Overview, 1948-2007.” African Americans and Popular Culture, ed. Todd Boyd. Westport, Conn.: Praeger Publishers, 2008. 185-216.

·         Hinds, Jr., Harold E., Marilyn F. Motz, and Angela M. S. Nelson, ed. Popular Culture Theory and Methodology: A Basic Introduction. Madison: University of Wisconsin Popular Press, 2006.

·         Nelson, Angela M. “’God's Smiling on You and He’s Frowning Too’: Rap and the Problem of Evil.” “Call Me the Seeker”: Listening to Religion in Popular Music, ed. Michael J. Gilmour. New York: Continuum, 2005. 175-88.

·         Nelson, Angela M. S. “‘Why We Sing’: The Role and Meaning of Gospel in African American Popular Culture.” The Triumph of the Soul: Cultural and Psychological Aspects of African American Music, ed. Ferdinand Jones and Arthur C. Jones. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2001. 97-126.

·         Nelson, Angela M. S., ed. “This Is How We Flow”: Rhythm in Black Cultures. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1999.

Professional Association Offices and Positions:

·         Co-Chair, Black Music Culture Area and Hip-Hop Culture Area, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association,                   2005-2014

·         President, Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, 2010-2013

·         Co-Chair, African-American Popular Culture Area, Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association,                       2013-present

·         Chair, African-American Popular Culture Area, Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, 2001-2013

·         Chair, Teaching Popular Culture Area, Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, 2001-2011