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Angela M. Nelson

Associate Professor of Popular Culture, Bowling Green State University

Angela Nelson is an Associate Professor with a core affiliation in Popular Culture within the School of Cultural and Critical Studies at Bowling Green State University and Director of the School. Nelson earned her Ph.D. in American Culture Studies at Bowling Green State University and holds Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees. Her interdisciplinary research and teaching specifically centers on 20th- and 21st-century Black popular culture in the United States of America. Dr. Nelson has edited “This Is How We Flow”: Rhythm in Black Cultures (1999), co-edited Popular Culture Theory and Methodology: A Basic Introduction (2006) and published several journal articles and book chapters on African American popular culture. She is also the editor of two special journal issues, including “Religions in African American Popular Culture,” Religions (Summer 2019) and “Black Popular Culture,” Popular Culture Studies Journal and Africology: Journal of Pan African Studies (Fall 2020). Dr. Nelson is currently working on a monograph examining the cultural significance of the American television situation comedy series Good Times.


  • –present
    Director of the School of Cultural and Critical Sciences, Bowling Green State University