Jeff Chang
Cultural Critic
Berkeley, CA
2008 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by the Ford Foundation.

Jeff Chang writes about politics, popular culture, race, and music. Inspired by multiculturalism, hip-hop, and post-1960s youth and urban countercultures, Chang writes for various periodicals, lectures, and previous rana blog on The Huffington Post. His first book, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation (2005), is a sweeping and thoroughly researched cultural and political history of the post-boomer generation. It received an American Book Award and glowing reviews from periodicals as diverse asTime, The Nation, and Vibe, and is used as a textbook in many college courses. Chang has also edited an anthology, Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop (2007).

Portrait photo courtesy Heidi Gutierrez-Pagaduan.
  • Artwork by Jeff Chang
    Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, 2005; cover art by Brent Rollins; photography by Henry Chalfant
Artwork by Jeff Chang