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Daniel White Hodge, PhD, is the Director of the Center for Youth Ministry Studies and Assistant Professor of Youth Ministry at North Park University in Chicago. Dr. Hodge has worked in the urban youth and Hip Hop context for over 20 years. He is also the founding editor-in-chief of The Journal Of Hip Hop Studies. 

Dr. Hodge, a Hip Hop scholar and urban youth specialist,  focuses on Hip Hop Studies, urban/ city youth culture & development, race relations, film, pop culture trends, and spirituality. Having received his PhD from Fuller Graduate School of Intercultural Studies, his dissertation focused on the life, theology, and spiritual message of Tupac Amaru Shakur (TITLE: Baptized in Dirty Water: The Missiological Gospel of Tupac Amaru Shakur). He graduated cum laude from Cal State Monterey Bay where he focused on academic attainment and self-esteem among African American Adolescents.

Dan has been a lecturer in the Pan African Studies department at Cal State Los Angeles & at Citrus College in the Sociology department. He has taught in higher education for over a decade and has published through Brill academic, VDM Academic, Inner Varsity Press, John Knox Press, and PRISM magazine (along with various blogs & Internet websites). In addition, he has published articles in journals such as Memphis Theological Seminary JournalNOMOS, & Missiology: An International Review to name just a few. Dr. Hodge continues his scholarly agenda and is currently investigating the spirituality, nominality, and theological development of emerging young adults in urban/ city contexts; additionally, he is also working on a manuscript investigating neo-colonialism & White supremacy within short term missions to city contexts.

Dr. White Hodge is also a national speaker and has spoken at the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) and theUrban Youth Workers Institute (UYWI) national conferences. As a speaker, writer, and activist, Dan has spoken on many college campuses including Stanford University, UCLA, USC, & Union Theological Seminary. Dan also teaches classes around the world on subjects such as Culture, Personality, & The Self; Hip Hop 101; and diversity awareness.

Dan has been involved with Hip Hop culture all his life. As a former music producer, Dan helped mix Bone Thugs & Harmony's first album E 1999 Eternal, along with Beastie Boys DJ Hurricane's album. Dan also helped in the formation of different background tracks for the first two seasons of New York Undercover. He continues to remain closely tuned into the music of Hip Hop.

As a social activist, Dan co-founded the youth organization Youth On The Move which worked with pregnant teen moms, helped juvenile offenders find employment, and developed life skills for urban youth. This program went on to partner with Urban Young Life in the Bay Area of California.Dan has worked on a number of different community-based campaigns/ programs using Hip Hop to address issues of race/ ethnicity , gender based violence, literacy and immigration.

Dr. White Hodge's most recent book is  "The Soul Of Hip Hop: Rims, Timbs, & The Soul of A Culture"(2010, IVP). This book deals with the theology and spirituality of Hip Hop culture in the post-soul era. It is a result of over 4 years of research and provides new insights into the complexity of Hip Hop. Dr. Hodge's other book is "Heaven Has A Ghetto: The Missiological Theology of Tupac Amaru Shakur" (2009, VDM Academic). This book deals with the socio-theological aspects and dimensions of rapper and Hip Hop prophet Tupac Shakur. It uses narrative methodology & combines active interviews to form a unique interpretation of theology in the midst of the urban context. His current book, The Hostile Gospel: Exploring the Socio-Religious Traits In The Post Soul Theology of Hip Hop (2014, Brill Academic) is an exploration of the last 35 years of Hip Hop music and includes interviews from artists such as Scarface, Propaganda, Lecrae, and other rap artists. It is scheduled to be released late 2014.

Along with his wife, Emily, and daughter, Mahalia Joy, they currently reside in Chicago, where they volunteer and network with various urban organizations and speak at local colleges. Approaching life as a team, they work together in the community of North Chicago (West Rodgers Park) and have a deep sense of and desire for social justice.


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