Anthony Jerome Bolden

International & Interdisciplinary Studies - African/African American Studies
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Bailey Hall, 12G
University of Kansas
1440 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045


Teaching Interests

  • Funk, Blues, Jazz, Black Popular Music, Black Culture, Black Poetry.


Tony Bolden writes about a wide array of topics, issues, and art forms within the broader field of black art and culture.

Research Interests

  • African-American literature
  • African-American music
  • African-American cultural theory
  • African-American intellectual history
  • African Literature

Selected Publications

Bolden, Tony. “The Funk Aesthetic in African American Poetry.” Black Music, Black Poetry: Genre, Performance, and Authenticity., edited by Gordon Thompson, Ashgate Publishing Limited, May 2014.
Bolden, Tony, editor. “The Funk Issue.” American Studies, vol. 52, no. 4, Oct. 2013.

Selected Presentations

Bolden, A. J. (11/9/2014 - 11/9/2014). Are You Funkified?: The Choreopoetics of Pleasure in the Music of Sly and the Family Stone. American Studies Association Conference, November 2014. Los Angeles, CA

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