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Todd Boyd, Ph.D.


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



Work Phone: 213.740.3334

Office: SCA 320

Todd Boyd is the Katherine and Frank Price Endowed Chair for the Study of Race and Popular Culture and Professor of Critical Studies. Acknowledged as a highly regarded public intellectual, Dr. Boyd is a scholar, author, media commentator, producer, and consultant.  He is especially recognized for his pioneering work on race, media, sports, and hip hop culture.  His seven 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).

Dr. Boyd was producer/co-writer on the Paramount Pictures film The Wood (1999).  He has been a columnist and/or regular contributor to The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune,, ESPN Classic, and National Public Radio.  His critical essays have appeared in box set collections such as The Complete Motown Singles series and No Pryor Restraint: Richard Pryor Life in Concert.  Dr. Boyd is the subject of two Los Angeles Times feature stories, Notorious Ph.D. (2003) and The Notorious Ph.D. (2010) and he has also appeared on the cover of the Village Voice for the feature “Foucault’s Turntable.” 

Since the 1990s Dr. Boyd has been a ubiquitous media commentator. Some recent documentary appearances include, Twenty Feet From Stardom (2013), The Doctor (2013), Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp (2012), The Godfather Legacy (History Channel, 2012), Uprising: Hip Hop and the LA Riots (VH1, 2012), Planet Rock: The Story of Hip Hop and the Crack Generation (VH1, 2011), The Running Rebels of UNLV (HBO, 2011), Straight Outta LA (ESPN, 2010), and Blood and Crips: Made in America (PBS, 2008), among others. 

As a celebrated public speaker, Dr. Boyd has lectured to a wide range of organizations including Nike, National Basketball Association (NBA), Fox Searchlight Pictures, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), and 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). 

Dr. Boyd is the recipient of the USC Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching (2008) and USC Parent's Association Teaching and Mentoring Award (2005). His course CTCS 192 “Race, Class and Gender in American Film” has been named one of the “Top Ten Classes” at USC.

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