Aretha D. Butler is a fourth-year American Studies Ph.D. student at Saint Louis University. Her research interests include black popular culture, transnational studies, critical race theory and race in post-civil rights America. She will complete a graduate minor in Women’s and Gender Studies in Fall 2015 and is teaching an undergraduate course entitled “Hip-hop: History and Culture” at SLU in Spring 2016. She received her B.A. from DePauw University in 2009, as a Black Studies and Women’s Studies double major, Posse Scholar and Phi Beta Kappa Society member. After graduating from DePauw, she taught middle-school math and coached girls basketball as a Teach For America corps member in her hometown of New York City. As a teacher, learning specialist, tutor, basketball coach, student advocate, and summer camp unit director, Aretha has helped to facilitate the personal, social and educational growth of youth both inside and outside the classroom.