Rhyme and Reason

December 2011

Charis Kubrin, Associate Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, studies rap music in the context of social and economic forces that have influenced hip-hop artists, such as deindustrialization, the war on drugs, and punitive criminal justice policy. Kubrin has written three research papers on the unorthodox subject and recently testified as an expert witness in a case involving rap lyrics.

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