Anthony Bolden

Anthony Bolden
  • Professor
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies, African & African-American Studies (AAAS)
  • African & African-American Studies

Contact Info

Bailey Hall 12G
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. 


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


Teaching interests:

  • Funk
  • Blues
  • Jazz
  • Black Popular Music
  • Black Culture
  • Black Poetry

Selected Publications

Bolden, Tony. “The Funk Aesthetic in African American Poetry.” Black Music, Black Poetry: Genre, Performance, and Authenticity., edited by Gordon Thompson, Ashgate Publishing Limited, May 2014.

Bolden, Tony, editor. “The Funk Issue.” American Studies, vol. 52, no. 4, Oct. 2013.

Selected Presentations

Bolden, A. J. (11/9/2014 - 11/9/2014). 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