Name: Joan Morgan
Title: Journalist / Author / Cultural Critic
Organization: Vanderbilt University
What Makes This Person a Game Changer: Joan Morgan is an award-winning journalist, author and a cultural critic. She began her professional writing career freelancing for The Village Voice. Her first article, “The Pro-Rape Culture,” explored the issues of race and gender in the case of the Central Park jogger. Her coverage on the rape trial of Mike Tyson earned her an EMMA (Excellence Merit Media Award) from the National Woman’s Political Caucus. She is one of the original staff writers at Vibe magazine and a contributing editor and columnist for Spin. Morgan coined the term “hip-hop feminism” in 1999, when she published the groundbreaking book, “When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost.” Additionally, Morgan has worked as a Visiting Professor at Duke University, where she taught “The History of Hip-Hop Journalism and taught in the Creative Writing Program at the New School in New York City. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and a current Scholar in Residence at Vanderbilt University.