Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika 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. He has written about these issues in journals such as Popular Music & Society, Popular Communication, The Routledge Companion to Advertising and Promotional Culture and Technology, Pedagogy and Education.
Dr. Kumanyika has also been a contributor to Transom, NPR Codeswitch, All Things Considered, Invisibilia, VICE, and he is a news analyst for Rising Up Radio with Sonali Kolhatkar His January 2015 article on Vocal Color in Public Radio produced for Transom.org spawned a nationwide discussion of diversity and voices in public media. Starting in the fall of 2014, Dr. Kumanyika pulled in international audiences with his livestream coverage of protests in a number of cities including Ferguson, New York, Ohio, Philadelphia, and South Carolina and most recently Charlottesville, Virginia. In February of 2016, his video of being kicked out a Trump rally went viral attracting nationwide coverage.
Currently, Dr. Kumanyika is the Co-Executive Producer and Co-Host of Gimlet Media’s new podcast on the Civil War.