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After Rapping His Dissertation, A.D. Carson Is UVa's New Hip-Hop Professor

Carson's doctoral dissertation, a 34-track rap album, went viral. This fall, he'll teach hip-hop history and composition in the hope of giving his students tools to engage in difficult conversations.
Clemson University doctoral candidate A.D. Carson takes questions during his dissertation defense Feb. 24, 2017. Source: Ken Scar

Earlier this year, rapper A.D. Carson completed a 34-song album he called Owning My Masters: The Rhetorics Of Rhymes & Revolutions. If that sounds like an unusual title for a hip-hop record, keep in mind that the album also served as Carson's doctoral dissertation.

Carson received his Ph.D. in rhetorics,

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