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Jason D. Rawls

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Jason D. Rawls

Assistant Professor


486G University Hall
230 N. Oval Mall
Columbus, Ohio 43210

Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 3pm-4:30pm.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Hip Hop Culture, Hip Hop Based Education, Hip Hop Studies


  • EdD, Ohio University

Known for his music production work with artists like Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Domo Genesis (Odd Future), Capital Steez (Pro Era), Beastie Boys, Del tha Funky Homosapien, Aloe Blacc and more, Dr. Jason Rawls is an educator with over two decades of teaching experience. A leader of the #HipHopEd movement, Dr. Rawls is an Assistant Professor of Hip Hop at The Ohio State University. He is leading the team that is creating a Hip Hop Studies program in the School of Music and Department of African American & African Studies. Before this, at Ohio University, Dr. Rawls helped develop the first Hip-Hop Based Education program in a college of education. The program called H.O.P.E. is a series of four courses rooted in Hip-Hop Based Education using both Culturally Relevant and Relational Pedagogy and he was the coordinator of the Brothers R.I.S.E. program at Ohio University. Dr. Rawls is also co-author of a book entitled, Youth Culture Power: A #HipHopEd Guide to Building Teacher-Student Relationships and Increasing Student Engagement. Rawls is also featured in an exhibit on Hip Hop at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

Sample Publications

Rawls, J., & Robinson, J. (2022). How can I move the crowd? A classroom

activity handbook. Self-Published.


Rawls, J.D. & Petchauer, E. (2020). Be current, or you become the old man:

Crossing the generational divide in hip-hop education. Urban Education,1-28.


Rawls, J.D. & Robinson, J. (2019). Youth culture power: A #hiphoped guide to building

teacher-student relationships and increasing student engagement. New York: Peter Lang Publishers.


Please see the attached pdf Curriculum Vitae (CV) below.