Angela Nelson

Associate Professor
Chair and Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Ethnic Studies

OFFICE LOCATION: 249 Shatzel Hall
OFFICE PHONE NUMBER: +1-419-372-0284
E-MAIL: anelson@bgsu.edu


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, gender, 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 and 21st century African American popular culture. Currently, she is examining the role and significance of Gospelwomen, or nationally performing Black female Gospel singers, such as Shirley Caesar, Mahalia Jackson, and CeCe Winans.

Research Interests:
20th and 21st Century African-American Popular Culture
African-American Sacred Music and Secular Music (Popular)
Religion and Black Popular Culture

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:
Chair, Department of Ethnic Studies, Bowling Green State University, 2018-2022
Acting Director, School of Cultural and Critical Studies, Bowling Green State University, 2016-2017
Interim Chair, Department of Ethnic Studies, Bowling Green State University, 2015-2018
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 6750 Popular Culture Theory and Methodology
POPC 6800 Black Popular Music
POPC 6820 Black Popular Culture Studies

Publications:

  • Nelson, Angela M. “’At This Age, This Is Who I Am’: CeCe Winans, Exilic Consciousness, and the American Popular Music Star System.” Open Cultural Studies 2 (December 2018): 475-485.
  • Nelson, Angela M. “CeCe Winans, Black Gospel Music, and the Ambivalence of Stardom.” Religion and Popular Music: Artists, Fans and Cultures, ed. Andreas Häger. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018. 29-46.
  • 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. “‘America, You Know What I’m Talkin’ About!’: Race, Class, and Gender in Beulah and Bernie Mac.” Culture, English, Language, and Teaching (CELT) 12.1 (July 2012): 60-71.
  • 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, eds. Vershawn Ashanti Young and Bridget Harris Tsemo. Detroit, Mich.: Wayne State University Press, 2011. 175-90.
  • 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.
  • Nelson, Angela M. S. “Introduction.” Popular Culture Theory and Methodology: A Basic Introduction, eds. Harold E. Hinds, Jr., Marilyn F. Motz, and Angela M. S. Nelson. Madison: University of Wisconsin Popular Press, 2006. 1-5.
  • 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, eds. Ferdinand Jones and Arthur C. Jones. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2001. 97-126.
  • Nelson, Angela M. S. “Rhythm and Rhyme in Rap.” “This Is How We Flow”: Rhythm in Black Cultures, ed. Angela M. S.
  • Nelson. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1999. 46-53.
  • Nelson, Angela M. S. “Introduction.” “This Is How We Flow”: Rhythm in Black Cultures, ed. Angela M. S. Nelson. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1999. 1-4.
  • Nelson, Angela M. S., ed. “This Is How We Flow”: Rhythm in Black Cultures. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1999.
  • Nelson, Angela M. S. “The Objectification of Julia: Texts, Textures, and Contexts of Black Women in American Television Situation Comedies.” Generations: Academic Feminists in Dialogue, eds. Devoney Looser and E. Ann Kaplan. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1997. 237-249.