College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Anthony Jerome Bolden

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


Anthony Bolden's teaching and research interests include African-American music, African-American cultural studies, popular culture, African literature, and ethnic-American literature. He has published extensively on Funk and Blues. 

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. Ed. Gordon Thompson. Ashgate Publishing Limited, June 2014.

Bolden, Tony (Ed.). "The Funk Issue." Spec. issue of American Studies 52.4 (November 2013).

Selected Presentations

Bolden, A. J. (11/09/2014 - 11/09/2014). 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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