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Todd Boyd, Ph.D.

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

Affiliated Divisions:

Division of Cinema & Media Studies

Email: tboyd@cinema.usc.edu
Work Phone: 213.740.3334
Office: SCA 320

Dr. Todd Boyd, a.k.a. “Notorious Ph.D.,” 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 University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. A media commentator, author, producer, consultant and scholar, Dr. Boyd is an intellectual and creative force who transcends boundaries and defies conventional categorization. In the immediate aftermath of the 1992 L.A. riots Dr. Boyd arrived at USC and began developing a new field of study centered around hip hop culture. His pioneering work would make connections across film, music, television, sports, fashion, art, and politics, establishing him as a preeminent expert and distinctly authoritative voice on the role of culture in American society.

Dr. Boyd is especially well known for appearing as a commentator in numerous documentaries. Some recent appearances include The Movies (CNN, 2019), College Football 150: The American Game (ESPN, 2019), Dennis Rodman: For Better or Worse (“30 For 30” ESPN, 2019), American Style (CNN, 2019), I Am Richard Pryor (Paramount Network/Comedy Central, 2019) Sammy Davis, Jr.: I Gotta Be Me (American Masters/PBS, 2019), Shut Up and Dribble (Showtime, 2018), The Nineties and The History of Comedy (CNN, 2017) and, among others. Dr. Boyd also appeared in Twenty Feet From Stardom (2013) winner of the 2014 Academy Award for “Best Documentary Feature”. Dr. Boyd was Executive Producer of the Netflix documentary, At All Costs: Life Inside AAU Basketball (2016), and he was writer/producer on the Paramount Pictures celebrated cult classic film The Wood (1999). He has written over one hundred articles, essays, reviews, and other forms of commentary, with his work having appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and ESPN.com, among other publications. Dr. Boyd’s seven books include, The Notorious Ph.D's Guide to the Super Fly 70sYoung Black Rich and FamousThe New H.N.I.C, and Am I Black Enough For You?