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Daniel White Hodge, PHD

Adjunct Professor, Urban Studies Department

Lecturer, Cal State Los Angeles and Citrus College


Daniel White Hodge, PhD, a Hip Hop scholar, focuses on race relations, film, cultural trends, and spirituality. He received his PhD from Fuller Graduate School of Intercultural Studies; his dissertation focused on the life, theology, and spiritual  message of Tupac Amaru Shakur. It is titled Baptized in Dirty Water: The Missiological Gospel of Tupac Amaru Shakur. He graduated cum laude from Cal State Monterey Bay where he focused on academic attainment and self-esteem among African American adolescents.


Dan is a lecturer in the Pan African Studies department at Cal State Los Angeles & at Citrus College in the Sociology department. He has taught in higher education for 8 years and has published through InterVarsity Press, John Knox Press, and PRISM magazine (along with various blogs & Internet websites). He has more than 15 years of experience working with urban popular culture.

Dr. Hodge is also a national speaker for the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) and the Urban Youth Workers Institute (UYWI). As a speaker, writer, and activist, Dan has spoken on many college campuses including Stanford University, UCLA, USC, & Union Theological Seminary. Dan also teaches classes around the world on subjects such as Culture, Personality, & The Self; Hip Hop 101; and diversity awareness.


Dan has been involved with Hip Hop culture all his life. As a former music producer, Dan helped mix Bone Thugs & Harmony's first album E 1999 Eternal, along with Beastie Boys DJ Hurricane's album. Dan also helped in the formation of different background tracks for the first two seasons of New York Undercover. He continues to remain closely tuned into the music of Hip Hop.

Along with his wife, Emily, and daughter, Mahalia Joy, he resides in Pasadena, California where they volunteer and network with various urban organizations in the Los Angeles area. Approaching life as a team, they work together in the urban community of Los Angeles and have a deep sense of and desire for social justice.


As a social activist, Dan co-founded the youth organization Youth On The Move, which worked with pregnant teen moms, helped juvenile offenders find employment, and developed life skills for urban youth. This program went on to partner with Urban Young Life in the Bay Area of California. Dan has worked on a number of different community-based campaigns/programs using Hip Hop to address issues of race/ethnicity, gender-based violence, literacy and immigration.


Dr. Hodge's most recent book is  The Soul Of Hip Hop: Rims, Timbs, & The Soul of A Culture (IVP). This book deals with the theology and spirituality of Hip Hop culture in the post-soul era. It is a result of more than years of research, and provides new insights into the complexity of Hip Hop. Dr. Hodge's other book is Heaven Has A Ghetto: The Missiological Theology of Tupac Amaru Shakur (VDM Academic). This book deals with the socio-theological aspects and dimensions of rapper and Hip Hop prophet Tupac Shakur. It uses narrative methodology & combines active interviews to form a unique intepretation of theology in the midst of the urban context.

Learn more by visiting www.whitehodge.com

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