Jeb Middlebrook, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor

Jeb Middlebrook

Office: SBS B-329


Dr. Jeb Aram Middlebrook is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. (2011, 2007) in American Studies and Ethnicity from the University of Southern California, and a B.A. (2003) in Ethnic Studies (Individually Designed Interdepartmental Major) from the University of Minnesota.

His current book project, Prison Music: Containment, Escape, and the Sound of America, is a cultural history of incarceration in U.S. society from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century, told through the sound of prison in popular culture, policy, and protest. Dr. Middlebrook is also working on another book project, Resounding Race: The Sonics of Multiracial Movement-Making. This book manuscript analyzes the sonic and visual discourse of race used by U.S.-based community organizers in their attempts to build social justice efforts and alliances across race on local, national, and transnational scales.

At CSUDH, Dr. Middlebrook teaches “Criminology,” “Individual and Society,” “Hip-Hop and Justice Studies,” “Deviant Behavior,” and “Social Movements,” among other courses. He also works closely with the Urban Community Research Center on collaborative student-faculty research projects. His research and teaching interests span the disciplines of Sociology, Ethnic Studies, Music, History, Anthropology, and Cultural Studies, and include topics such as: race and ethnicity, prison, sound, social movements, transnationalism, intersectionality (race, class, gender, sexuality), popular culture, archives, and ethnography.

Dr. Middlebrook previously taught in the Departments of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, and the Department of Sociology and Women's & Ethnic Studies program at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.