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Mark Anthony Neal


Mark Anthony Neal is James B. Duke Professor of African & African American Studies and Professor of English, and Chair of the Department of African and African American Studies at Duke University. Neal is the author of six books, including What the Music Said: Black Popular Music and Black Public Culture; Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic; Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities; and the forthcoming Black Ephemera: The Crisis and Challenge of the Black Musical Archive. Neal also directs the Center for Arts, Digital Culture and Entrepreneurship, which produces original digital content, including the weekly video podcast Left of Black, now in its eleventh season, produced in collaboration with the Franklin Humanities Institute. Neal is a three-time graduate of SUNY institutions, earning BA and MA degrees in English from Fredonia, and a PhD in American Studies from the University of Buffalo.