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Dotson, Jerome
Assistant Professor

Jerome Dotson is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and a graduate of Morehouse College.  He holds a Ph.D. in U.S. history and an M.A. in African American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  His research and teaching interests focus on the African American history, Southern food ways, hip hop, folklore and politics of the body.  He previously taught at the University of Washington and Seattle University.


Currently, he is working on a book-length manuscript, which explores the ways eating and diet have animated Black radicalism in the 19th and 20th centuries.  The manuscript is tentatively titled: “No Pork on My Fork: Race, Dietary Reform and Body Politics, 1830-1990“No Pork on My Fork” interrogates the cultural, social, and political significance of food consumption through an interrogation of the metonymic relationship between the black body and pork from slavery through 1990s Hip Hop.  This trans-historical approach is rooted in Food Studies methodology.  By drawing on the work of scholars like Charlotte Biltekoff, Frederick Douglass Opie and Psyche Williams-Forson, the book seeks to expand the discussion on diet and racial subjectivity by focusing on the ways African Americans have used dietary reform to promote social and political change.





  • “No Pork on My Fork: Race, Dietary Reform and Body Politics, 1830-1990 (In Progress)
  • “Make Your Mouth Water”: Slave Geophagy, Medicalization, and the Afro-Atlantic Origins of a Southern Foodway (submitted)
  • “Catch Us at Pappadeaux Eating Steak and Shrimp”: Southern Hip Hop, Food Imagery and Regional Identity in 1990s Southern Hip Hop (In Progress)

Currently Teaching

AFAS 371 – Hip-Hop Cinema

This course provides a strong foundation in the history and development of hip-hop cinema from Africana Studies, Cinema and Cultural Studies perspectives. Major films, theories, and movements are studied in their historical, social, and cultural context, with a particular focus on the aesthetics of visual language and cinematic techniques. Interdisciplinary analysis will allow for viewing hip hop and cinema in revolutionary but academic ways.