Jacinta R. Saffold


Jacinta R. Saffold

Hip Hop Researcher

   Black Literature Scholar

        Diversity Administrator



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I am an Assistant Professor of English at the University of New Orleans. I received my Ph.D. from the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with certificates in African Diaspora Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. My research interests coalesce around 20th and 21st century African American literature, Hip Hop Studies, and the Digital Humanities. Currently, I am working on my first manuscript, Books & Beats: The Cultural Kinship of Street Lit and Hip Hop. I also has extensive experience as a scholar-administrator with emphases on enrollment management, inclusive diversity, and student success. Ultimately, I am committed to widening access for minority students and shifting the culture in higher education to be more inclusive through a prism of African American literature and culture.  



For the past ten years, I have been researching and providing administrative services at the critical intersection of race, gender, and culture. With a background in African American Studies, Black Feminist research, and liberal arts administration, I have a thorough understanding of the current state of higher education and how to support students academically and socially.


Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize.
— Chimamanda Adichie