College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Anthony Jerome Bolden

International & Interdisciplinary Studies - African/African American Studies
Associate Professor
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

Expert instruction in Arabic, Kiswahili, and Wolof at the beginning and intermediate levels will be offered over eight weeks in June-July 2018.

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The Kansas African Studies Center has received $140,000 in funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to launch public discussions, community programming, and the creation of educational resources in local communities to discuss the challenges and opportunities surrounding recent demographic changes in the region. Visit to learn more. 

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