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Kenton Rambsy

[Kenton Rambsy]

Assistant Professor
Last Updated: April 8, 2020
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Education

Education

    • 2015 PhD in English
      University of Kansas, 2015
    • 2012 MA in English
      University of Kansas, 2012
    • 2010 BA in English
      Morehouse College, 2010

News Articles

News Articles

    • May 2019 Illinois News Bureau
      In February, PWW published “Lost in the City: An Exploration of Edward P. Jones’s Short Fiction” by Kenton Rambsy, a University of Texas, Arlington professor of African American literature, and Peace Ossom-Williamson, a librarian and the director of Research Data Services at the Arlington campus libraries.
      (Type: Internet)
    • Feb 2017 KERA: Art & Seek
      Of the five films nominated for best documentary this year, three of them focus on African Americans. This week, we conclude our Oscar preview series talking about “I Am Not Your Negro,” a film that reminds us of writer James Baldwin’s significance – 30 years after his death.
      (Type: Radio)
    • Apr 2016 Dallas Morning News
      It's crunch time in English 3347, only two weeks to go in the semester, and University of Texas at Arlington professor Kenton Rambsy is urging his class to buckle down. "This is our jam, everybody," he says calmly. "We're training ourselves to become better thinkers and writers. We have to be like LeBron in the fourth quarter."

      This is definitely not your mother's English class. For one, there's the subject: Jay Z, the multimillionaire hip-hop mogul and husband of Lemonade-sipping superstar Beyoncé. Then there's the method. While Rambsy and his class of 30 students parse Jay's lyrics for meaning, they also spend a lot of time crunching numbers and presenting the results in graphs, pie charts and other data tools.

      Call it "Big Pimpin'" meets Big Data. In analyzing the stats, Rambsy and his students seek to find the quantifiable elements of Jay's work, from the number of slant rhymes in his lyrics to the geographic locale of the artists he samples. It's a digital humanities course with a hip-hop flavor.
      (Type: Newspaper)
    • Mar 2016 KERA News
      Usually students get to class early to pick a good seat. Get to Kenton Rambsy’s class early and you’ll hear Jay Z’s music playing in the room. The artist is the subject of a debut course called “The Life and Times of S. Carter.” Sean Carter is the given name of the Brooklyn-born rapper.
      (Type: Radio)
    • Feb 2016 NBCdfw
      Jay Z is already a force in the worlds of music, entertainment, fashion, and sports. Now it seems he's poised to take over the academic world, as well. This semester, UT-Arlington debuted a literature course dedicated entirely to the hip hop mogul and businessman. It's the brainchild of African American Literature and Digital Humanities professor, Dr. Kenton Rambsy, who believes history will look at Jay Z as one of the great literary minds of our time.
      (Type: Television)
    • Feb 2008 KERA: Art & Seek
      Films that open early in the year are rarely remembered at the end of the year by Oscar voters. “Get Out” is an exception, earning four nominations – including best picture. We continue our Oscars preview series with a look at the film’s lasting appeal — and how it relates to the success of “Black Panther.” Joining us for the conversation is Kenton Rambsy, assistant professor of African American Literature & Digital Humanities at the University of Texas at Arlington.
      (Type: Radio)

Publications

Presentations

    • January  2020
      Rambsy, Kenton, "Lost in the City: Mapping Edward P. Jones's short fiction", New York, NY. (January 5, 2020).
    • November  2019
      Rambsy, Kenton, "Towards a Critical Black Digital Humanities Pedagogy for Undergraduate, Graduate, and Public Education", Honolulu, Hawaii. (November 8, 2019).
    • April  2019
      Rambsy, Kenton, "The Edward P. Jones Project – A Collaborative Graduate Project", Raleigh, NC. (April 11, 2019).
    • March  2019
      Rambsy, Kenton, "AFRO PWW: Digital Technology as a Transformative Tooll fforr Bllack Sttudiies", New Orleans, LA. (March 18, 2019).
    • January  2018
      Rambsy, Kenton, "Pedagogies of Excellence: HBCUs and the PhD Pipeline", New York City, New York. (January 5, 2018).
    • October  2017
      Rambsy, Kenton, "#TheJayZMixtape", Arcadia University, Glenside, PA . (October 3, 2017).
    • September  2017
      Rambsy, Kenton, "Experiencing Digital Publishing: The 21st Century Answer to Disseminating Black Studies Scholarship", Cincinnati, Ohio. (September 29, 2017).
    • June  2017
      Rambsy, Kenton, "Black Studies and Digital Humanities", Harlem, NY. (June 26, 2017).
    • April  2017
      Rambsy, Kenton, "Innovative Teaching, Engaged Learner/Learning?, and Digital Humanities – A Roundtable", Columbia, MO. (April 6, 2017).
    • March  2017
      Rambsy, Kenton, "The Life and Times of S. Carter", Houston, Texas. (March 9, 2017).
    • January  2017
      Rambsy, Kenton, "The Production of Black Literature Is an Art in Itself: A Digital Study of the Black Arts Movement", Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (January 5, 2017).
    • December  2016
      Rambsy, Kenton, "30th Bi-Annual Symposium on African American Culture and Philosophy", West Lafayette, Indiana. (December 1, 2016).
    • November  2016
      Rambsy, Kenton, "Looking for the Perfect Beat:" African American Literary History--Technology and Texture", University of Maryland, College Park, MD. (November 15, 2016).
    • November  2016
      Rambsy, Kenton, "Jay Z and Digital Humanities", Stanford University, Stanford, CA. (November 10, 2016).
    • October  2016
      Rambsy, Kenton, "Geo-Tagging Edward P. Jones’s Short Fiction", Savannah, Georgia. (October 21, 2016).
    • June  2016
      Rambsy, Kenton, "Space and Place in Africana/Black Studies: An Institute on Spatial Humanities Theories, Methods and Practice for Africana Studies", West Lafayette, IN . (June 5, 2016).
    • April  2016
      Rambsy, Kenton, "From Frederick Douglass to Jay-Z", Houston, Texas. (April 8, 2016).
    • April  2015
      Rambsy, Kenton, "The Histories of African American Short stories: A Digital Humanities Exhibit and Presentation", Dallas, Texas. (April 09, 2015).
    • January  2015
      Rambsy, Kenton, "Faculty Development in the Digital Humanities Masterclass", Tougaloo MS. (January 1, 2015).
    • October  2014
      Rambsy, Kenton, "Enriching the Teaching and Learning Environment: UNCF/Mellon Digital Humanities Teaching and Learning Institute", Atlanta, GA. (October 4, 2014).
    • July  2014
      Rambsy, Kenton, "Mapping the Future by Mining the Past.", Atlanta, GA. (July 24, 2014).
    • January  2014
      Rambsy, Kenton, "The Black Book: Creating an Interactive Research Environment", Chicago, IL. (January 10, 2014).
    • June  2012
      Rambsy, Kenton, "Black Studies and Digital Humanities", Kansas City, MO. (June 20, 2012).

Students Supervised

    • Present
      Terrence Ford, I serve as a committee member on Terrence Ford's committee. Terrence's work is at the intersection of African American literature and Digital Humanities. I have played a role in helping Terrence select specific texts related for his comprehensive exam scheduled for February 2020. (English)
    • Aug 2019
      Jade Harrison , As Jade's committee chair, I helped her craft her project related to post 1970s African American women's writers. I also helped her develop a methodology related to digital archiving. I guided her efforts in creating and publishing a comprehensive metadata record related directly to her thesis. I also provided guidance for her when preparing conference panel proposals, presentations, and graduate school applications. Jade successfully defended her thesis and was accepted to the University of Kansas with full funding. (English)
      “The Core Four: An Examination of Contemporary Black Women’s Writing in The Norton Anthology of African American Literature”
    • May 2018
      Terrance Raper, I served on Terry's committee beginning in the fall of 2016. Primarily, I provided direction related to narratology and offered extensive comments on his movie script. (Art and Art History)
      Articulate: The Art of Talking White while Acting Black
    • May 2018
      Joshua Gallas, I served on Josh's committee beginning in the fall of 2016. Primarily, I provided direction related to narratology and offered extensive comments on his movie script. (Art and Art History)
      Here Now
    • May 2018
      Odunze Oguguo, I served on Odunze's committee beginning in the fall of 2016. Primarily, I provided direction related to Afro-futurism and visual aesthetics of African American urban culture. I helped edit his narrative for his final thesis project and suggested sources to incorporate. (Art and Art History)
      Influencer
    • Aug 2016
      Shewanda Riley, I worked with Shewanda to craft her comprehensive exam list. In my role, I worked specifically on her list related to African American Literature. We narrowed her scope to religious representations across black fiction. (English)

Courses

      • ENGL 5327-001 TOPICS AMERICAN LIT AFTER 1900
        (Topic: Black to the Future | Course Id: 104528)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020
      • HIST 4325-001 HISTORY OF HIP HOP
        (Course Id: 113615)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • AAST 4350-004 SPECIAL TOPICS AFR AMER STUDY
        (Topic: History of Hip Hop | Course Id: 112142)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • AAST 3347-001 TOPICS IN MULTICULTURAL US LIT
        (Course Id: 104418)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • ENGL 3347-001 TOPICS IN MULTICULTURAL US LIT
        (Topic: #TheJayZCourse | Course Id: 104418)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • ENGL 4399-001 SENIOR SEMINAR
        (Topic: Storytelling with Data | Course Id: 104503)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • ENGL 5324-001 TOPICS IN AMERICAN LIT GENRES
        (Topic: Data Mining Black Short Fictio | Course Id: 104525)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • ENGL 5698-039 THESIS
        (Course Id: 104567)
        Summer - Eleven Week - 2019
      • HIST 4388-004 SEL TOP HIST
        (Topic: History of Hip Hop | Course Id: 105187)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • AAST 3347-002 TOPICS IN MULTICULTURAL LITS
        (Topic: Life and Times of S.Carter | Course Id: 104418)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • ENGL 3347-002 TOPICS IN MULTICULTURAL LITS
        (Topic: Life and Times of S.Carter | Course Id: 104418)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • ENGL 4399-001 SENIOR SEMINAR
        (Topic: Negro Expression | Course Id: 104503)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • ENGL 5324-001 TOPICS IN AMERICAN LIT GENRES
        (Topic: Lost in the City | Course Id: 104525)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • ENGL 3340-002 HISTORY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE
        (Course Id: 104411)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • AAST 3347-002 TOPICS IN MULTICULTURAL LITS
        (Topic: Multicultural Topics in Litera | Course Id: 104418)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • ENGL 3347-002 TOPICS IN MULTICULTURAL LITS
        (Course Id: 104418)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • AAST 3345-001 AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
        (Course Id: 104416)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • ENGL 3345-001 AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
        (Course Id: 104416)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • AAST 3347-002 TOPICS IN MULTICULTURAL LITS
        (Topic: Greatest Beefs | Course Id: 104418)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • ENGL 3347-002 TOPICS IN MULTICULTURAL LITS
        (Topic: Greatest Beefs | Course Id: 104418)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • AAST 3345-001 AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
        (Course Id: 104416)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • ENGL 3345-001 AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
        (Course Id: 104416)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • AAST 4350-003 SPECIAL TOPICS AFR AMER STUDY
        (Course Id: 112142)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • ENGL 3347-002 TOPICS IN MULTICULTURAL LITS
        (Course Id: 104418)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • AAST 3345-001 AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
        (Course Id: 104416)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015
      • ENGL 3345-001 AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
        (Course Id: 104416)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015
      • AAST 4350-006 SPECIAL TOPICS AFR AMER STUDY
        (Topic: Empire State of Mind | Course Id: 112142)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015
      • ENGL 2303-008 TOPICS IN LIT
        (Topic: Empire State of Mind | Course Id: 104364)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015