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Department of Pan African Studies



Pan African Studies
221 Santa Susana Hall
CSU Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8315

Hours: M-F (8 a.m. to 5 p.m)
Phone: (818) 677-3311
Fax: (818) 677-3619



Sheba Lo, Ph.D.


Sheba Lo

Contact Information


Ph.D (African Studies), Howard University
M.A. (English), California State University Dominguez Hills
B.A. (Africana Studies), California State University Dominguez Hills

Courses Taught

Approaches to University Writing
Model African Union Practicum
Colonialism in Africa

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • ‘Sénégal Please Stand Up’: Hip Hop Education, Empowerment, and Mobilization, Co-Presented with hip hop artist Papa Moussa Lo, Second Annual Symposium on Africa, California State University, Northridge, April 30, 2013
  • Changing Nation: The Power of Sénégalese Hip Hop and the Quest for Femcees, National Council of Black Studies Annual Conference, March 15, 2013
  • Globalizing the Curriculum: Making the Material Matter to International Students, Association of Faculty for Advancement of Community College Teaching Annual Conference, January 5, 2012
  • African Traditional Forms in Contemporary Contexts, Anne Arundel Community College English Department Colloquium, November 16, 2011
  • Change, Unity, Victory and Identity in the Rhetoric of Barack Obama and Mzwakhe Mbuli, African Identities in the Age of Obama Conference, George Mason University, October 10, 2009

Research and Interests

Dr. Lo's research interests are West African, South African, and African American literature (oral, written, and film), including hip hop. She is particularly interested in the way in which poets and hip hop artists utilize cultural expression act as agents of social change around the world. Dr. Lo believes that exposing our students to cultural expression that mobilizes people and communities to action can inspire greatness in our students.

Currently, she is working on a project that explores Sénégalese hip hop artists as agents of social change in the context of nation-building. Within this larger project, Dr. Lo is examining the experiences of women hip hop artists in the industry, their texts, and their mission within Sénégalese society. She has just returned from her fieldwork in Dakar, Sénégal this past summer, where she interviewed more than twenty women in the hip hop scene in Dakar. During this period, Dr. Lo, Moona Yanni, the most famous female hip hop artist in Sénégal, and Ken Aicha Sy of Wakh’Art, an urban culture organization, endeavored to create a women's empowerment collective for women in hip hop in Sénégal – the first meeting ever of women in hip hop in Sénégal.