Department of Pan-African Studies
5151 State University Dr. Los Angeles
King Hall C3095
Phone (323) 343-2290
Fax (323) 343-5485
Msia Kibona Clark
Msia Kibona Clark is an assistant professor at California State University, Los Angeles. Originally from Tanzania, she earned her BA in Political Science from Johnson C. Smith University, an MA in International Studies from American University, and a PhD in African Studies from Howard University.
Dr. Clark specializes in African migration and identity studies as well as studies of African hip hop culture and movements.
Scholarly articles include: “Questions of Identity among African Immigrants in America”, “Identity among First and Second Generation African Immigrants in the United States”, “Identity Formation and Integration among Bicultural Blacks”, “Hip Hop v. Bongo Flava: The Struggle for Authenticity and Against Commercialization in Tanzania”
Dr. Clark is also a photographer and journalist, doing freelance work for allAfrica.com. Her focus has been on African hip hop and African artistic expressions. allAfrica.com articles include: “Politics and Hip Hop Meet in Upcoming Elections”, “The Lives of African Immigrants Explored in ‘Soul Diaspora’”, “The Rise of African Hip Hop”, and “Hali Halisi: Rap as an Alternative Medium in Tanzania”.
Dr. Clark is also a community and human rights activists, serving as the Uganda Country Specialist for Amnesty International USA. She also a member of the Tanzanian Women’s Association, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), and Recording Secretary for Association of Social and Behavioral Sciences.