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Maurice Hobson

Faculty Affiliate & Assistant Professor (African-American Studies)    ,

Ph.D., History, University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign


Dr. Hobson’s research interests are grounded in the fields of 20th Century U.S. and African American history, African American studies, oral history and ethnography, urban and rural history, political economy, and popular cultural studies. He is working to form a new and emerging field that he calls Black New South Studies- focusing on the experiences of Black people in the post-World War II Global South. He is currently working on his manuscript entitled The Legend of the Black Mecca: Myth, Maxim and the Making of an Olympic City.

Dr. Maurice J. Hobson is an Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Georgia State University and an affiliate of the Urban Studies Institute.


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Selected Publications:

Hobson, Maurice J., The Legend of the Black Mecca: Myth, Maxim and the Making of an Olympic City, University of North Carolina Press, Fall 2015.

Journal Articles

Hobson, Maurice J. “Ali and Atlanta: A Love Story in the Key of the Black New South,” Phylon: The Clark Atlanta University Review of Race and Culture, Vol. 54: Iss. 1, Article 1, Summer 2017.

Book Chapters
Hobson, Maurice J., (In press), “What Y’all Really Know About the Dirty South: Explicating and Understanding the Origin, Significance and Sensibilities of Dirty Southern Hip Hop,” In Derrick Alridge & James Stewart (eds.), Journal of African American History’s ‘New Directions in Hip Hop Studies.’

Hobson, Maurice J., (In Press), “Speaking to the Spirit of the Games: Challenging Atlanta’s Image as Olympic City and Black Mecca Status of Atlanta, Georgia through the Prism of Popular Culture as Seen in the Dirty South,” Journal of Popular Music Studies.




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