H. Samy Alim is the David O. Sears Presidential Endowed Chair in the Social Sciences and Professor of Anthropology and African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Founding Director of the Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Language (CREAL). His most recent books include Raciolinguistics: How Language Shapes Our Ideas about Race (Oxford, 2016, with John Rickford and Arnetha Ball) and Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies: Teaching and Learning for Justice in a Changing World (Teachers College Press, 2017, with Django Paris). He is also author of Articulate While Black: Barack Obama, Language, and Race in the U.S. (Oxford, 2012, with Geneva Smitherman), which addresses language and racial politics through an examination of former President Barack Obama’s language use—and America’s response to it. He has written extensively about Black Language and Hip Hop Culture in his books, Street Conscious Rap (1999), You Know My Steez (2004), Roc the Mic Right (2006), Tha Global Cipha (2006), Talkin Black Talk (2007), and Global Linguistic Flows (2009).
Language, power, and identities; language and race, racism and (trans)racialization (raciolinguistics); the language and verbal art of Hip Hop Culture, locally and globally; Muslim youth cultures; language, culture, and education; culturally sustaining pedagogies; Black Language; U.S., Spain, South Africa.
Paris, D. & H. S. Alim. (eds.) 2017. Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies: Teaching and Learning for Justice in a Changing World. New York: Teachers College Press, Columbia University.
Alim, H. S., J. R. Rickford & A. F. Ball. (eds.). 2016. Raciolinguistics: How Language Shapes Our Ideas about Race. New York: Oxford University Press.
Alim, H. Samy. 2012. Articulate While Black: Barack Obama, Language and Race in the United States. Oxford University Press. (with Geneva Smitherman), 224 pgs.
Alim, H. Samy, Awad Ibrahim & Alastair Pennycook. (eds.) 2009. Global Linguistic Flows: Hip Hop Cultures, Youth Identities, and the Politics of Language. London & New York: Routledge.
Alim, H. Samy and John Baugh. (eds.) 2007. Talkin Black Talk: Language, Education and Social Change. New York: Teachers College Press, Columbia University. 176 pgs.
Alim, H. Samy. 2006. Roc the Mic Right: The Language of Hip Hop Culture. London & New York: Routledge, 208 pgs.
Spady, James G., H. Samy Alim and Samir Meghelli. 2006. Tha Global Cipha: Hip Hop Culture and Consciousness. Philadelphia, PA: Black History Museum, 704 pgs.
Alim, H. Samy. 2004. You Know My Steez: An Ethnographic and Sociolinguistic Study of Styleshifting in a Black American Speech Community. Durham, NC: Duke Univ. Press, 303 pgs.