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Todd Boyd

The Katherine and Frank Price Endowed Chair for Study of Race and Popular Culture

Affiliated Divisions:

Bryan Singer Division of Cinema & Media Studies

Work Phone: 213.740.3334
Office: SCA 320

Dr. Todd Boyd is the Katherine and Frank Price Endowed Chair for the Study of Race and Popular Culture and Professor of Cinema and Media Studies in the USC School of Cinematic Arts. An author, media commentator, producer, and consultant, Dr. Boyd’s influential presence as a public intellectual has consistently bridged the gap between the ivory tower and the world of popular culture since the 1990s. 

A producer/co-writer on the Paramount Pictures celebrated cult classic The Wood (1999), Dr. Boyd has also been a regular contributor to ESPN, The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune,, Jim Rome on Showtime, National Public Radio, and ESPN Classic. A prominent media commentator, Dr. Boyd is well known for appearing in numerous documentaries including, Twenty Feet From Stardom (2013) winner of the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. He has also appeared in Trojan Wars (ESPN, “30 For 30”), Fresh Dressed (2015), Richard Pryor: Icon (PBS, 2014), The Doctor (NBA TV, 2013), Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp (Showtime, 2012), The Godfather Legacy (History Channel, 2012), Uprising: Hip Hop and the LA Riots (VH1, 2012), The Running Rebels of UNLV (HBO, 2011), among many other titles. 

Dr. Boyd is the author/editor of seven books and over one hundred articles, essays, reviews, and other forms of written commentary. As author his books include, The Notorious Ph.D's Guide to the Super Fly 70s (2007), Young Black Rich and Famous (2003), The New H.N.I.C (2002), and Am I Black Enough For You? (1997). In addition, Boyd is the editor of African Americans and Popular Culture: Volumes 1-3 (2008) and co-editor of both Basketball Jones (2000) and Out of Bounds (1997).

In the realm of public speaking, Dr. Boyd has lectured to a wide range of professional organizations including, Nike, National Basketball Association (NBA), National Basketball Players Association (NBAPA), Fox Searchlight Pictures, Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), and the International Design Conference in Aspen.  He has provided consultation for Home Box Office (HBO), Corporation of Public Broadcasting (CPB), and the United States Department of State (State Department). 

As a participant in creating the culture that he is often asked to comment on “Dr. B” has, for example, provided voiceover narration for the Beats Audio Super Bowl XLVIII commercial “Richard Sherman: The Pundits,” which aired on Fox immediately prior to kickoff, February 5, 2014 and in 2015 he was host of “An Evening with Denzel Washington: In Conversation with Dr. Todd Boyd,” at the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.