Erik Nielson is Associate Professor of Liberal Arts at the University of Richmond, where he teaches courses on African American literature and hip hop culture. He received his M.A. in English from University College London and his Ph.D., also in English, from the University of Sheffield. He has lectured on African American literature and hip hop culture at major conferences in the U.S., the U.K., and Canada, and he has published articles in several peer reviewed journals, including African American Review, MELUS, Race and Justice, International Journal of Cultural Studies, and Journal of Popular Music Studies. He also writes regularly for popular outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, and The Atlantic and is routinely interviewed by a wide range of national media organizations. He is co-editor of The Hip Hop & Obama Reader (Oxford, 2015). He has been the lead author of multiple briefs on rap music that were submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, and he has worked as an expert or consultant on roughly 50 criminal cases involving rap music as evidence.