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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Warrick Moses

Portrait of Warrick Moses.

Assistant Professor

Art and Music Histories

308H Bowne Hall


Research and Teaching Area

Moses’s research examines racial and linguistic identity in popular music, Hiphop; music of the African diaspora, as well as Afrofuturism and African Futurities. “Colouring Outside the Lines: Disrupting Racial Stereotypes in South African Hip-Hop” is forthcoming in 2021, appearing in Words, Beats & Life: The Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture, Special Issue on South Africa. “The More Things Change: Race and Representation in Contemporary South African Rap” appeared in 2019 in Neva Again: Hip Hop Art, Activism and Education in Post-apartheid South Africa, edited by Adam Haupt, Quentin Williams, H.Samy Alim, and Emile Jansen, published by HSRC Press. “South African Dialogue” appeared in 2018 in the Journal of World Popular Music, Vol 5.1.


  • 2019 PhD (African and African American Studies with a secondary field in Ethnomusicology),  Harvard University
  • 2012 Master of Arts (Ethnomusicology), Tufts University
  • 2003 Master of Woodwind Performance (Clarinet), Boston University
  • 2001 Bachelor of Music (Honors Degree, Clarinet Performance), University of Cape Town
  • 2000 Bachelor of Music Degree (Clarinet Performance, University of Cape Town

Honors and Awards

  • 2017:Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Harvard University
  • 2015:  SSRC International Dissertation Fellowship
    Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant (Declined)
    Harvard University Knox Traveling Grant
    Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship
  • 2014: Harvard University Committee on African Studies J-Term Grant
  • 2012: Society for Ethnomusicology, James T. Koetting Prize
  • 2011: FLAS Fellowship
  • 2001: Fulbright Scholarship