Dawn-Elissa Fischer teaches Africana Studies at SF State. A recent recipient of the Woodrow Wilson National Foundation Career Enhancement Fellow, she is completing two manuscripts entitled BLACKNESS, RACE AND GENDER POLITICS IN JAPANESE HIPHOP and METHODS TO FLOSS, THEORIES TO FLOW: HIPHOP RESEARCH, AESTHETICS AND ACTIVISM. Her work has been published in TRANSFORMING ANTHROPOLOGY, the WESTERN JOURNAL OF BLACK STUDIES, the JOURNAL OF POPULAR MUSIC STUDY and DOING RACE: 21 ESSAYS FOR THE 21st CENTURY. Fischer co-produced a film, Nihon Style, with Bianca White, which documents an annual Hiphop festival and its related organizations in Japan. She co-directs the BAHHRS (Bay Area Hip Hop Research and Scholarship) project with Dave "Davey D" Cook, which was awarded the Cesar Chavez Institute's Community-University Empowerment Grant. Dr. Fischer is a founding staff member of Dr. Marcyliena Morgan's Hiphop Archive as well as a co-founder of the National Hip Hop Political Convention.
Areas of Research
Hiphop, race, technology
Fischer, D-E. (2013). Blackness, race and language politics in Japanese Hiphop. Transforming Anthropology. 21 (2), 135-152.
Fischer, D-E. (2012). Hiphop within a womanist lens. The Western Journal of Black Studies. 36 (1), 86-96.
Fischer, D-E. (2011). Wannabe startin’ somethin’: Michael Jackson’s critical race representation. Journal of Popular Music Studies. 23 (1), 96-107.
Morgan, M., & Fischer, D-E. (2010). Hiphop and race: Blackness, language and creativity. In H. Markus & P. Moya (Eds.), Doing Race: 21 Essays for the 21st Century (pp. 509-27). New York, NY: Norton.