You are here

Robeson Taj Frazier
Robeson Taj
Associate Professor


Communication Ph.D Program

More Robeson Taj


Race and Ethnicity
Popular Culture
Political Communication

Center Affiliation

Center on Public Diplomacy

Professor Taj Frazier’s research explores black political culture and popular culture, globalization and cross-cultural traffic, and African diasporic intellectual history, with a specific focus on the intersections between African American culture and other cultures, especially 20th and 21st century China.  Before coming to USC, Frazier taught at New York University and the City University of New York.  He received his B.A. in International Relations and African American Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and his Ph.D. in African Diaspora Studies from the University of California Berkeley. His research has been funded by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, USC’s Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences Initiative, and the Ford Foundation. 
He is the author of The East Is Black: Cold War China in the Black Radical Imagination(Duke University Press, 2014), and is completing another book, From Mao to Yao: Culture, Media, and Black Life in China. He is also the co-producer of the forthcoming documentary film The World Is Yours, was on the Scholarship Steering Committee for the audio-visual and traveling art platform Question Bridge: Black Males, and is on the editorial board for the Journal of Race and Policy. 

Alongside these projects, Frazier has produced a diverse portfolio of articles, book chapters, and cultural criticism on topics including race and ethnicity, social movements, the politics of travel and mobility, hip hop culture, urban history and struggles over public space, African American and Chinese art, and technology and new media. This work has been published in edited books including The New Black History: Revisiting the Second Reconstruction (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), African Americans in Global Affairs (University Press of New England/Northeastern University Press, 2010), and Migrating the Black Body: Visual Culture and the African Diaspora (University of Washington Press, forthcoming); as well as in academic journals and periodicals such as American Quarterly, China Information, Boom: A Journal of California, The Journal of History and Cultures, The Journal of African American History, Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Black Arts Quarterly. You can access several of these publications here:


* Interview by PULLED TOGETHER

* Interview by Culture Matters

* USC ASE Commons Lecture Series

* USC US-China Institute 2013 Conference