Emmett G. Price III

Dean of Africana Studies

Emmett G. Price III, Ph.D., is the inaugural dean of Africana Studies. An internationally recognized expert on Black music and culture, Afro-diasporic sacred and secular expressions, and Christian worship, he has spent much of the past few decades writing, lecturing, and conducting cutting-edge research on bridging the generational divide. Price is the author of Hip Hop Culture (ABC-CLIO, 2006), executive editor of the Encyclopedia of African American Music (ABC-CLIO, 2011), and editor of The Black Church and Hip Hop Culture: Toward Bridging the Generational Divide (Scarecrow Press, 2012). He is the former editor in chief of the Journal of Popular Music Studies. Along with numerous commissioned writings and book length chapters, his work can be found in African American Review, American Music, Black Music Research Journal, the Boston Banner, the Boston Herald, Ethnomusicology, GIA Quarterly: A Liturgical Music Journal, International Jazz Archives Journal, Journal of Popular Music Studies, NOTES: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association, and Yale Journal of Music and Religion.

A celebrated keynote and motivational speaker in high demand, Price has addressed audiences at Nike, Network Health, the U.S. Coast Guard, Raytheon, Year Up, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Business Journal, American Jazz Museum, and many more. He has made several appearances on WGBH-TV’s Basic Black, WNYC’s RadioLab, and NPR’s All Things Considered. Price is a regular contributor to WGBH’s Boston Public Radio segment “All Rev’d Up!” and is the co–executive producer and cohost of the popular All Rev’d Up podcast. A trained musician, composer, and arranger, Price has performed around the globe with numerous sacred music ensembles, gospel choirs, and jazz bands.