Chanel Craft is currently a PhD candidate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory University. She holds a M.A. in Women’s Studies from Georgia State University and a B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park. She sees herself as a scholar-activist with areas of specialization in US Third World feminism, hip-hop feminism, cultural studies, critical media literacy, and critical prison studies.
She is currently completing her dissertation “Police Stay on Us Like Tattoos: Constructions of a Prison State in Hip Hop.” Her dissertation uses a US Third World feminist framework to analyze the ways in which hip-hop artists uses their cultural productions to construct their lived environments as borders between confinement and freedom. Continuing to blur the lines between activism and the academy, she organized the Runway for Peace as part of the US Social Forum, she is a founding member of the African American Studies Collective at Emory University where she was a part of the planning team for the Alien Bodies Conference, and she is a member of the Crunk Feminist Collective.