Loren Kajikawa, Musicology and Ethnomusicology

Loren Kajikawa

Academic Areas:
Hip-Hop Music, American Ethnic and Protest Music

Loren Kajikawa is an expert in hip-hop music, American ethnic and protest music. At the University of Oregon, he is an assistant professor of musicology and ethnomusicology. Loren has lectured at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and regularly presents his work at annual meetings of the American Musicological Society, Experience Music Project, International Association for the Study of Popular Music, and Society for Ethnomusicology, among others. Among the classes that he teaches regularly are Music in the Twentieth Century, American Ethnic and Protest Music, and Hip-Hop Music. Loren’s first book, “Sounding Race in Rap Songs,” traces the changing sounds of race in rap songs over the last 35 years.

kajikawa@uoregon.edu | 541-346-5742


Recent Media:
‘Hamilton’ can inspire us to be a better nation (The Register-Guard, March 7, 2017)
Hip-hop and 'Hamilton' take center stage for Quack Chats (Around the O, March 3, 2017)
Prince fans in Eugene speak out on entertainer's death (KVAL, April 21, 2016)
Compton commodified: NWA was always a blend of fiction and reality (The Conversation, Aug. 13, 2015)
Rapper Jin tries to stretch his 15 minutes of fame (NPR CodeSwitch, March 4, 2015)
The hip-hop prof (Oregon Quarterly, Summer 2014)
Rapper’s delight (American Musicological Society, Jan. 13, 2014)
Songs of protest (The Bulletin, Nov. 1, 2013)
Eminem's “My Name Is”: signifying whiteness, rearticulating race (The Journal of the Society for American Music, July 14, 2009)