About Bettina L. Love
Bettina L. Love is an award-winning author and associate professor of educational theory and practice at the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on the ways in which urban youth negotiate hip-hop music and culture to form social, cultural and political identities, and she specializes in creating new ways of thinking about urban education and intersectional social justice. Her research also examines how teachers and schools, working with parents and communities, can build communal, civically engaged, anti-racist, anti-homophobic, anti-sexist and equitable schools and classrooms.
In 2016, Love was named the Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. She is also the creator of the hip-hop civics curriculum GET FREE and the founder of Real Talk: Hip Hop Education for Social Justice, an after school initiative aimed at teaching elementary students the history and elements of hip-hop for social justice through project-based learning.
Love is a sought-after public speaker on a range of topics, including hip-hop education, black girlhood, queer youth, hip-hop feminism, art-based education to foster youth civic engagement and other diversity issues. In 2014, she was invited to the White House Research Conference on Girls to discuss her work on the lives of black girls. The same year, she was the first recipient of the Michael F. Adams Award from the University of Georgia. She is also a founding board member of The Kindezi School, an innovative school focused on small classrooms and art-based education.
Love is the author of the book "Hip Hop's Li'l Sistas Speak: Negotiating Hip Hop Identities and Politics in the New South". Her work has appeared in numerous books and journals, including the "English Journal," "Urban Education," "The Urban Review" and "Journal of LGBT Youth." In 2017, she edited a special issue of the "Journal of Lesbian Studies" on "Making Black and Brown Lesbian Educators Visible." She is currently working on her second book, "We Want to Do More Than Survive: A Pedagogy of Mattering". She has also provided commentary for news outlets including NPR, The Guardian and The Atlanta Journal Constitution.