Eithne Quinn

Eithne Quinn

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Biography

Eithne is the author of two books Nuthin' but a G Thang: The Culture and Commerce of Gangsta Rap (Columbia University Press, 2005) and A Piece of the Action: Race and Labor in Post-Civil Rights Hollywood (Columbia University Press, 2019), which won the BAAS Prize for Best Book of 2020.

She leads the research project: Prosecuting Rap: Criminal Justice and UK Black Youth Expressive Culture (see website), funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council and supplementary IAA ESRC support.

She is also conducting a project on Tackling Racial Bias in the Judiciary, seeded by a Simon Inudstrial & Professional Fellowship at The University of Manchester. Read the project report Racial Bias and the Bench on which Eithne was lead academic co-author.

See the press coverage of these research projects here.  

Eithne has also published multiple peer-reviewed articles in the areas of race, inequalities, cultural industries and representational justice.

Research interests

My research concentrates on race politics in the cultural industries and criminal justice systems of the US and UK since the 1970s, with a particular focus on Black popular culture and institutional racism.

I am working with lawyers and Manchester researchers on a new project on Tackling Racial Bias in the Judiciary -- a study exploring racism, inclusion and antiracism training among judicial office holders in England and Wales. This work emerged from a Simon Fellowship when we hosted barrister Keir Monteith KC at The University of Manchester in 2021-22.

A recent major project examined race politics in the Hollywood industry since the 1960s, exploring the interface between screen representations and battles to reform and transform production cultures in a period of racial reconfiguration and retrenchment. Major outputs were the monograph A Piece of the Action: Race and Labor in Post-Civil Rights Hollywood (Columbia University Press, 2020) and articles in Journal of American History, Screen, Popular Communication, Velvet Light Trap and Cinema Journal. The project was supported by the Leverhulme Trust and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

My previous book Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang: The Culture and Commerce of Gangsta Rap (Columbia University Press) looked at the emergence and development of gangsta rap in the 1980s and 1990s.

Following its publication, I started serving as an independent expert in cases in which defendants' rap lyrics and videos were relied on as incriminating evidence. See blog post. This work became the project Prosecuting Rap: Criminal Justice and UK Black Youth Expressive Culture supported by an AHRC Leadership Fellowship (2020-21). 

Teaching

I edited an In-Practice in Journal of American Studies on Teaching Environmental American Studies in a Time of Crisis (2021). I teach the courses:

  • Race and Criminal Justice (1st year seminar)
  • American Cultural Studies (2nd year core)
  • Climate Change & Culture Wars (3rd year special subject)
  • Hip Hop Studies (MA option)

Supervision information

I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students in the fields of

  • Racism and inequalities in the criminal legal system
  • US cultural industries (film and popular music) since the 1960s
  • Race and representation in media, culture and the law
  • Popular culture, activism and social change (environmental action; criminal justice; subcultures; antiracism).

I have been lead supervisor on nine successfully completed doctoral projects.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

I am a member of the British Society of Criminology; British Association for American Studies; and Media, Communication & Cultural Studies Association. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global inequalities
  • Creative Manchester

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