Nicole Hodges Persley

Nicole Persley
  • Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
  • Associate Professor
  • Courtesy Associate Professor of Theatre & Dance
  • American Studies
  • African & African American Studies

Contact Info

Bailey Hall 12B
1440 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045


Dr. Nicole Hodges Persley is an award winning professor and director. She is an Associate Professor of American Studies and African American Studies who specializes areas of Hip-hop Studies, Acting and Directing and African American performance in theater, film and television. An artist-scholar, Hodges Persley creates intentional bridges between the entertainment industry and academia. She is the author of Sampling and Remixing Blackness in Hip Hop Performance and Breaking It Down: Auditioning for Artists of the Global Majority, co-written with Monica Ndounou of Dartmouth University