Kyesha Lachelle Jennings

Lecturer

  • Email: kljenni2@ncsu.edu
  • Phone: 919-515-4121
  • Address:
    Tompkins Hall G129, Box 8105
    NCSU Campus
    Raleigh, NC 27695
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Biography

Kyesha Jennings is a multi-hyphenate creative whose research and writings on hip-hop, Black women, and popular culture reside both within and outside academia. She is an English Lecturer and Faculty Mentor at NC State University, where she teaches First-Year Writing. Her research focuses on African American literature, Black women writers, hip-hop studies, and popular culture. Her co-authored article, “Teaching in the Mix: Turntablism, DJ Aesthetics, and African American Literature” hones in on the aesthetics and sensibilities of hip-hop scholarship by examining how goal-oriented and compositional techniques of DJs was used to design her Survey of African American Literature course. Additionally, her first single-authored academic article, "City Girls, Hot Girls and the Re-imagining of Black Women in Digital Spaces," was published in the inaugural issue of the Global Hip-Hop Studies Journal. The text offers a critical reading of "Hot Girl Summer," a cultural phenomenon specific to Black girls, that was made popular by rap superstar Megan Thee Stallion, to examine black women’s representation in digital spaces where they imagine alternative gender performance, disrupt hegemonic tropes, and engage in participatory culture. For this research, Kyesha was the recipient of two awards: The William E. Brigman Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Paper (Popular Culture Association), and the Heldrich-Dvorak Travel Fellowship (Southwest Popular Culture Conference). 

She is currently completing her PhD at Indiana University of Pennsylvania studying English Literature and Criticism, where she focuses specifically on representations of Black girlhood/womanhood in literature and popular culture.  Kyesha is a sought-after speaker and has been an invited guest at Virginia Tech University, UNC-Chapel Hill University, and A3C Hip-Hop Festival. 

Teaching and Research Interests

African American Literature, Black Women Writers, Hip-Hop Studies, Popular Culture, Protest Literature, and Digital Rhetoric

Publications

Jennings, Kyesha. "Ratchet and Intelligent as Ever: A Critical Reading of Cardi B as a Digital Hip-Hop Feminist." Hip Hop Feminist Pedagogies of Renewal, Edited by Aisha Durham and Ruth-Nicole Brown, 2021 (In Progress).

Jennings, Kyesha. "City Girls, Hot Girls and the Re-imagining of Black women in Hip-Hop and Digital Spaces." Global Hip-Hop Studies Journal, 1(1), Spring 2020.  

Jennings, Kyesha. “Wake Up Mr. West: Kanye West, The Sunken Place and the Rhetoric of Black Twitter.” Hashtag Activism: Case Studies of Digital Protests & Online Social Movements, 2019 (Forthcoming).

Jennings, Kyesha. “1520 Sedgwick Avenue.” Thomas Riggs, editor. St. James Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Culture. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, a Cengage Company, 2018.

Jennings, Kyesha. “1989 Boycott.” Thomas Riggs, editor. St. James Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Culture. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, a Cengage Company, 2018.

Jennings, Kyesha. “Campbell, Luther “Luke”.” Thomas Riggs, editor. St. James Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Culture. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, a Cengage Company, 2018.

Jennings, Kyesha. “Dapper Dan.” Thomas Riggs, editor. St. James Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Culture. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, a Cengage Company, 2018.

Jennings, Kyesha and Emery Petchauer. “Teaching in the Mix: Turntabilism, DJ Aesthetics, and African American Literature”. Changing English Journal. 2017.

Jennings, Kyesha. "Overcoming Racial Tension: Using Student's Voices in the Classroom to Create Safe Spaces in the Classroom" Diversity and Inclusion in the College Classroom. Magna Publication. 2016.

Education

  • B.A. in Secondary English Education from Lincoln University, 2010
  • M.A. in English and African American Literature from North Carolina A&T University, 2011
  • PhD in Literature and Criticism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2022