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  • Yasser Payne Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Associate Professor
    Joint Appointment Black American Studies
    University of Delaware
    337 Smith Hall
    Newark, DE 19716


    Researching Interests

    Dr. Payne has organized a street ethnographic research program centered on exploring notions of resilience and resiliency with The Streets of Black and Brown America using an unconventional methodological framework entitled: Street Participatory Action Research (Street PAR)—the process of involving street identified Black populations on the actual research team.  Street PAR projects can take on many forms, but at the very least, they take on the following three features: (1) research orientation; (2) intervention for Street PAR members; and (3) a vehicle for action and activism in local communities. 

    Challenging the dominant arguments in the literature, Dr. Payne asserts that all of The Streets of Black and Brown America are in fact, resilient.  Also, his research program focuses on racial identity, street identity, school violence, physical violence, Gangster Rap music and culture as well as the topic of street participatory action research.

    Teaching Interests

    ​Dr. Payne's specialized courses focus on the lived or ethnographic experiences of street- identified Black and Brown populations.  Specifically, he offers undergraduate (BAMS381) and graduate courses (BAMS650) on street ethnography.  Also, Dr. Payne teaches an undergraduate course on Gangster Rap Music and Culture (BAMS373) as a way to compliment his street ethnographic portfolio. Lastly, it should be noted that several of Dr. Payne's courses draws on core ideologies and/or theories extending from an Ancient East African worldview.  And in one instance, he teaches a course squarely on this topic (Egypt BAMS367).       

    Race, Justice Policy Research Group



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