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Daniel White Hodge

Associate Professor of Communications

Dr. Daniel White Hodge is an associate professor of intercultural communications and the chair of the communication arts department. He has worked with youth and young adults for over 25 years, and a large part of the work he continues to do at North Park is mentoring and coaching his students. Dr. White Hodge is also the research lead for North Park’s Catalyst 606__ program. His research interests are the intersections of faith, Hip Hop culture, race/ethnicity, & young adult emerging generations.

In Dr. White Hodge’s classes, students focus on the cultural and contextual deconstruction of media through practical engagement of current events. “We get into the pragmatics of critical thought and the day-to-day impact of what race, gender, and class mean for each of my students,” says Dr. White Hodge. His students explore emotional and cultural literacy along with the praxiological elements of workforce preparation.

Dr. White Hodge finds his classrooms personal and reflective so that he and his students can learn from their peers. His most popular class is Hip Hop Theology & Culture. While Dr. White Hodge brings his own intersections into the classroom, he invites conversation about topics relating to race, gender, and religion. “I could care less if (my students) agree or disagree; that’s not the point. The point is to think and to think critically about the challenging world we’re living in,” he says.

Dr. White Hodge is also an author, lecturer, and presenter surrounding topics of interculturality and intersectionality.

Recent Publications

Homeland Insecurity: A Hip Hop Missiology for the Post-Civil Rights Connected. IVP Academic, 2018.
Hip Hop’s Hostile Gospel: A Post-Soul Theological Exploration. Brill Academic, 2017.
The Soul of Hip Hop: Rims, Timbs, & A Cultural Theology. IVP, 2010.
Heaven Has A Ghetto: The Missiological Theology of Tupac Amaru Shakur, .VDM Academic 2009.

He is published in Youth Worker Journal, Youth & Family Journal, The Journal of Religion, Film & Media, The Journal of Youth Ministry, and The Journal of Popular Music Education, as well as numerous book chapters in various readers.

Popular Courses

Hip Hop Theology & Culture

Interests and Hobbies

BBQ—the real kind with slow cooks, mesquite wood, and smoke
Fishing
Photography
Music Production

Fun Fact

I hate going barefoot; hate it.