Daniel Woo

Daniel K. Woo is a Ph.D. candidate in UC Berkeley’s Ethnic Studies graduate program. Focusing on the lives and careers of Asian American rappers, and those who largely operate in majority non-white multiracial neighborhoods and cultural spaces in particular, his dissertation examines the relationality between regional racial formation, Hip Hop aesthetics, and polyculturalism. Highlighting the role of the role of local environments in shaping the rappers’ racial and cultural politics, his research attends to quotidian forms of resistance and community-building, as well as those that accumulate in organized political efforts. His broader research interests include: comparative race studies, Asian Americans in popular culture, Third World activism, interracial musical collaborations, youthscapes, and critical pedagogy. Given his personal academic journey, he has worked as a mentor for a number of campus and community-based educational programs to help first generation college students transition and adjust to university life. Thus in addition to research and formal teaching, his career goals include work around student development and support.