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Matthew Oware

Professor, Sociology and Anthropology at DePauw University
Matthew Oware is the Lester Martin Jones Professor of Sociology and the current director of Africana Studies. He received his Ph.D. from Indiana University in Bloomington. At DePauw, Dr. Oware served two terms as chair of the Sociology and Anthropology department. He is the recipient of the George and Virginia Crane Distinguished Teaching Award and the Edwin L. Minar Jr. Scholarship Award. Professor Oware teaches a variety of courses including Contemporary Society, Methods of Social Research, Senior Seminar, Sociology of Popular Culture, Sociology of Hip Hop, Race and Ethnic Relations in the United States, and Masculinities, among others. Dr. Oware's current book, "I Got Something to Say: Race, Gender, and Social Consciousness in Rap Music," (Palgrave Macmillan) uses systematic, analytic, and interdisciplinary approaches to examining the lyrics of millennial rap artists. He also has publications in the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Journal of Black Studies, Poetics: Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, the Media and the Arts, the Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, and the Journal of African American Studies, among others.
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Professor of Sociology and Director of Africana Studies at DePauw University

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August 2001 - Present
I Got Something to Say: Gender, Race, and Social Consciousness in Rap Music
What do millennial rappers in the United States say in their music? This timely and compelling book answers this question by decoding the lyrics of over 700 songs from contemporary rap artists. Using innovative research techniques, Matthew Oware reveals how emcees perpetuate and challenge gendered and racialized constructions of masculinity, femininity, and sexuality. Male and female artists litter their rhymes with misogynistic and violent imagery. However, men also express a full range of emotions, from arrogance to vulnerability, conveying a more complex manhood than previously acknowledged. Women emphatically state their desires while embracing a more feminist approach. Even LGBTQ artists stake their claim and express their sexuality without fear. Finally, in the age of Black Lives Matter and the presidency of Donald J. Trump, emcees forcefully politicize their music. Although complicated and contradictory in many ways, rap remains a powerful medium for social commentary.
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"I Got Something to Say: Gender Race, and Social Consciousness in Rap Music," a book by Matthew Oware, Lester Martin Jones professor of sociology and director of Africana studies, sociology and anthropology, was published recently. It is available as a...

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Matthew Oware was recognized for earning a spot on the Dean's List
Dean's List Fall 1994
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Matthew Oware was recognized for earning an academic award
Edwin L. Minar Jr. Award Scholarship Award, 2016. Established in 1981, the Minar Award is presented in recognition of exceptional scholarly achievement and is named in honor of its first recipient, a former professor in the department of classical studies.
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Matthew Oware was recognized for earning an academic award
United Methodist Church General Board of Higher Education and Ministry Exemplary Teacher of the Year Award, 2008.
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Matthew Oware was recognized for earning an academic award
Dean's List, Fall 1994
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Matthew Oware was recognized for earning an academic award
Lester Martin Jones Endowed Professor in Sociology, 2017-2022
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