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Matthew K. Oware

Sociology and Anthropology

Associate professor of sociology


Sociology, Race, Gender, Racial identity, Race and ethnicity, Popular culture, Masculinity, Hip-hop music, Rap music


Matthew Oware focuses his work on the constructions of race and gender in popular culture. In a recent paper, he examined how underground white rappers talk about their gender and avoid discussion of race or racial issues in their music. His doctoral dissertation looked at factors that influence a multi-racial vs. mono-racial identity that develop in children with parents of different ancestries.

Oware teaches course on: Research Methods, Senior Seminar, Race and Ethnicity, Sociology of Hip-hop, Sociology of Popular Culture (particularly representations of race, gender and class in  movies, TV shows and music).