Faculty Profile: Loren Kajikawa

Assistant Professor Loren Kajikawa teaches classes on hip hop, protest music, and other music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. His work examines the role of race and identity in popular music, with a particular emphasis on the experience of African American and Asian American musicians.

“Popular music is one way that people define themselves and others,” says Kajikawa. “I work with students to help them understand music both as an artistic practice and as a powerful means of engaging social and political issues.”