Jacinta R. Saffold


Jacinta R. Saffold

Hip Hop Researcher

   Black Literature Scholar

        Diversity Administrator



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I am an Assistant Professor of American Multicultural Literature at the University of New Orleans. My teaching and service focuses on shifting the culture in higher education to be more inclusive through a prism of African American literature. Currently, I am working on my manuscript, Books and Beats: The Cultural Kinship of Street Lit and Hip Hop.  



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