Jeb Middlebrook

academic, artist, activist / booking:

Jeb Aram Middlebrook is an award-winning Assistant Professor of Sociology at California State University, Dominguez Hills in Los Angeles, where he researches and teaches courses in the area of Criminology and Justice Studies. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in American Studies and Ethnicity from the University of Southern California, and a B.A. in Ethnic Studies (Individually Designed Interdepartmental Major) from the University of Minnesota. Jeb’s work has been recognized by the Ford Foundation, the Harry S. Truman Foundation, the Council of Editors of Learned Journals, and ABC, NBC and MTV Networks. His academic writing is published by American QuarterlyCultural Studies / Critical Methodologies, Qualitative Inquiry, Greenwood Press, and indexed by the MLA Bibliography. His first collection of science-fiction short stories will be published as The Murder Machine & Other Short Stories (2017). Jeb has presented at Yale University, the University of Minnesota, Kansas University, among other research universities.

His current book manuscript, Prison Music: Containment, Escape, and the Sound of America, is a cultural history of incarceration in U.S. society from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century, told through the sound of prison in popular culture, policy, and protest. Jeb is the Founder of @S_E_S_S_I_O_N, a platform which produces social events that serve and sustain community, including listening sessions, screenings, and livestreams. He is also Co-Founder of OneBeat ((Echo)), a digital project for international cultural exchange through sound, in partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and NYC-based music organization, Found Sound Nation.

Jeb received a Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Award, as well as a Program for Excellence in Graduate Education Award, from California State University, Dominguez Hills, for his recent research work. Jeb is also the recipient of an Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at USC, as well as a Fund for Innovative Undergraduate Teaching Award and a Learning Environments Incentive Grant from USC.

At CSUDH, Jeb teaches, “Field Studies in Urban Problems,” “Criminology,” “Corrections,” “Deviant Behavior,” “Juvenile Delinquency,” “Social Organization,” “The Individual in Society,”  “Sound and Society,” “Hip-Hop and Justice Studies,” and “Social Movements,” among other courses. His research and teaching interests span the disciplines of sociology, ethnic studies, cultural studies, history, and anthropology, and include topics such as: race and ethnicity, prison, music, sound, social movements, transnationalism, intersectionality (race, class, gender, sexuality), popular culture, archives, and ethnography.

Jeb previously taught as a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Southern California for the courses, “Social Problems,” “Crowds, Publics, and Social Movements,” “Public Policy and Criminal Justice,” and “Social Inequality: Class, Status, and Power.” He also taught online as a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, the Women’s and Ethnic Studies Program, and the Graduate Certificate Program in Diversity, Social Justice, and Inclusion at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs with classes including, “The Culture of Incarceration,” “Music and Social Change,” and “Class, Stratification, and Power.”

Jeb lectures nationally through SpeakOut!: The Institute for Democratic Education and Culture on topics of race, social movements, and popular culture with colleagues such as Angela Davis, Winona LaDuke, Sonia Sanchez, Van Jones, Noam Chomsky, Ward Churchill, Alice Walker, and the late Howard Zinn. He has given talks to thousands of people at campuses across the United States including Yale University; University of California, Berkeley; and the Universities of Minnesota, Missouri, and Kansas.

From 2008-2010, Jeb worked as managing editor of American Quarterly: The Journal of the American Studies Association, and was part of the editorial team that won Journal Issue of the Year in 2008 from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals for the Special Issue, Nation and Migration: Past and Future. From 2006-2008, he worked as a Teaching Assistant for college classes on race and ethnicity in the departments of American Studies and Ethnicity, Anthropology, and Sociology at the University of Southern California including “America, the Frontier, and the New West”, “Race and Class in Los Angeles,” “Exploring Culture Through Film”, and “Social Problems.”

Jeb has received international media attention for his work from VH1, the Associated Press, Complex Magazine, and Hot 97 Radio in New York, among other media outlets. He has been featured in the television program, The (White) Rapper Show (VH1), the film, Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible (WorldTrust), and the books, Other People’s Property: A Shadow History of Hip-Hop in White America, and Beacons in the Storm: White Educator Activists Working for Racial Justice.

Jeb has volunteered with social justice organizations locally and nationally, including: Showing Up for Racial Justice, Black Lives Matter (National and Long Beach, CA Chapter), Khmer Girls in Action, Men Making a Change, The Occupy Movement (National and Various Chapters), Critical Resistance (Los Angeles Chapter), The Center for Third World Organizing, Californians for Justice (Oakland, CA Chapter), Los Angeles Community Action Network, Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere – Los Angeles, and the Challenging White Supremacy workshop.

Jeb also works as a DJ and poet. He is on Twitter @JebMiddlebrook.