Anthony Kwame Harrison

Anthony Kwame Harrison

Anthony Kwame Harrison

Gloria D. Smith Professor of Africana Studies


678 McBryde Hall 
225 Stanger Street 
Blacksburg, VA 24061




Department Membership



  • Qualitative Research Methodology
  • African American Studies
  • Popular Music
  • Black Aesthetics
  • Social Anthropology

Professional Activities

  • Gloria D. Smith Professor of Africana Studies
  • American Anthropological Association
  • International Association for the Study of Popular Music
  • National Council for Black Studies
  • American Association of University Professors


  • Ph.D., Syracuse University
  • M.A., Syracuse University
  • B.A., University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    Alumni Teaching Award, Academy of Teaching Excellence, Virginia Tech, 2015

    Carroll B. Shannon Excellence in Teaching Award, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech, 2014

    E. Gordon Erickson (Outstanding Graduate Faculty) Award, Department of Sociology, Virginia Tech, 2012

    Selected Publications


    Harrison, A. K. Ethnography: Understanding Qualitative Research. (Oxford University Press, 2018)

    Harrison, A. K. Hip Hop Underground: The Integrity and Ethics of Racial Identification. (Temple University Press, 2009)


    Harrison, A. K. “Still Singing ‘Kiss My Ass’ to a Wagner Melody: Anténor Firmin, Bronislaw Malinowski, and the Establishment of Twentieth Century Ethnography.” The Journal of Pan African Studies, [special edition] Winter (2014): 81–99.

    Harrison, A. K. “‘What Happens in the Cabin . . .’: An Arts-Based Autoethnography of Underground Hip Hop Song-Making.” Journal of the Society for American Music 8 (1) (2014): 1–27. 

    “Reconciling Geppetto: Collaboration, (Re-)Creation and Deception in the Practice of Hip Hop Music Ethnography.”  Collaborative Anthropologies 6 (2013): 38–72.

    “Black Skiing, Everyday Racism, and the Radical Spatiality of Whiteness.”  Journal of Sport and Social Issues 37, no. 4 (2013): 315–339.

    Sponsored Research

    2012: Visiting Scholars Program (Office of Diversity and Inclusion and AdvanceVT), Virginia Tech. Awarded $780.

    2007–2010: Office of the Provost, Virginia Tech. Awarded $162,572 (co-recipient with April Few-Demo).

    2008: College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Department Diversity Grant Program, Virginia Tech. Awarded $5,629 (co-recipient with Susanna Rinehart).

    Current Projects

    • Understanding Ethnography
    • Hip-Hop Historiography
    • The Historical Significance of James “Billboard” Jackson
    • The History of Racial Passing