Founding Director of The Hiphop Archive and Research Institute (HARI) at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research
Research and Teaching Interests
Urban speech communities; Language in the African Diaspora; Discourse strategies; Gender in discourse and narrative style; Language socialization; Hiphop language and culture; Language ideology; education and policy; African American English in the US.
Marcyliena Morgan is the Ernest E. Monrad Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University and Founding Director of The Hiphop Archive and Research Institute (HARI) at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. She earned both her B.A. and her M.A. degrees at the University of Illinois in Chicago. She obtained an additional M.A. in linguistics at the University of Essex, England and her PhD through the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. She has written extensively on language and identity, education, linguistic philosophy, gender, feminism and sexuality and hiphop culture. She is the author of many works that focus on youth, gender, racism, language, culture, linguistic philosophy, identity, sociolinguistics, discourse and interaction. These include the Daedulus (2011)publication “Hiphop and the Global Imprint of a Black Cultural Form” (with Dionne Bennett), “The World is Yours’: The Globalization of Hiphop Language” (2016), and her manuscripts: Language, Discourse and Power in African American Culture(Cambridge University Press, 2002), The Real Hiphop - Battling for Knowledge, Power, and Respect in the Underground(Duke University Press, 2008), Speech Communitieswith Cambridge University Press (2014) and more.