Curriculum Vitae
Dr. Dipannita Basu
1050 North Mills Avenue
Claremont, California 91711
(909) 607-2833

    Assistant Professor, Sociology Field Group, Pitzer College
    Assistant Professor, The Intercollegiate Department of Black Studies (IDBS), The Claremont Colleges
    Ph.D: Manchester Business School, Manchester University, Manchester, UK. May 1991. Ph.D. Dissertation: “Afro-Caribbean Businesses in Great Britain: Factors Underlying Business Success and Marginality.”
    Pre-Doctoral program: sociology, organizational behavior, statistics, epistemology, finance, economics and entrepreneurial studies. Manchester Business School, Manchester University, Manchester, UK. July 1984-1986.
    B.Sc. (Hons): Pharmacology, (2.1). Chelsea College, University of London, London, UK. July 1984
    Assistant Professor of Sociology and Black Studies: Pitzer College, Claremont, July 1995–present.
    Field Worker Coordinator: Survey Research Center, Institute of Social Science Research, UCLA, Los Angeles, August 1993-May1995. Coordinated a study of urban inequality, racial inequality, and urban poverty as part of a Ford Foundation grant (the principal investigators were Lawrence Bobo and Melvin Oliver). Co-authored the interviewer handbook. Took responsibility for the recruitment, training, and payroll of eighty field workers. Supervised data collection and verification of data collected in several (Spanish, English, Korean, Mandarin, and Cantonese) languages. Performed other general trouble-shooting activities relating to problems in the field (the sample was 4,000).

Post-Doctoral Fellow: Center for Afro-American Studies. Institute of American Culture, UCLA, Los Angeles, August 1992-August 1993. Conducted ethnographic research on Black entrepreneurship within the cultural industries of Los Angeles, with particular reference to the rap music and the music industry.

    Lecturer: Liverpool Polytechnic of Continuing Education, Liverpool, July 1989 - December 1989. Taught “The Political Economy of Blacks in Britain” and “Introduction to Race and Ethnic Studies.”
    Positive Action Development Officer: Department of Education and Science (DES) and Merseyside Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), Liverpool, July 1987 - July 1989. Developed, evaluated, and coordinated the implementation of the first positive action (affirmative action) program in Britain addressing the entry of ethnic minorities into middle management positions within industry and commerce. Liaisoned with statutory, voluntary, business, and educational institutions. Tackled difficult negotiations that satisfied the differing views of co-funding organizations to devise the structures and practices for project. Developed training manuals and educational curriculums for students. Provided counseling for students and staff. Conducted on-going and final evaluations of the course for the DES and MCCI.
    Small Business Course Coordinator /Co-Lecturer: Small Business Unit, Manchester Business School, Manchester. July - December, June 1986. Coordinated and managed several of the business courses for small business owners at the Business School. Taught a seminar “ Entrepreneurship and Society.”
    Consultancy (UK)
    I was a consultant for a number of local government authorities, economic development agencies, colleges, and voluntary organizations during the course of my doctoral studies from 1986-1991. They are listed below.
  Economic Development and Local Labor Markets:
    Co-author: “The 3 M's Project: Minorities, Music and Media” Henley College, Coventry. Summer, 1999. Developed a proposal for a program targeted at members of minority communities to improve their material conditions and equip them with technical and entrepreneurial skills, and to establish an ethnic minority music and media center for trading.
    Research Associate: Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham, January 1991-May 1991. Involved in reviewing and evaluating the effectiveness of economic development agencies concerned with youth employment and inner city small business development.
    Research Associate: Nottingham Business School, Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham, June 1991–May, 1992. Researched and prepared case-study materials for a student/tutors handbook, edited by Robin Ward on ethnic minority small business development in Britain. The research was in association with the Anglo-German Foundation.
    Consultant: The Center of Employment Research, Manchester Polytechnic, Manchester, January-June 1989. Assessed the nature, extent, and constraints of ethnic minority business development, with an emphasis on future policy development. Formulated methods of evaluation for the Greater Manchester Economic Development Agency. Liaisoned with higher educational institutes, economic agencies, community groups, and individual business-owners to assess the feasibility of adopting the NYU Business Assistance Strategies to fledgling and established inner-city businesses in Manchester.
    Consultant: Northern Black Business Association, Manchester, September 1987-1989. Identified ways to access potential export markets for businesses belonging to the association with particular reference to developing trade links with the Caribbean islands of Jamaica, Trinidad, and Tobago.
  Social and Cultural Issues:
    Consultant: Hollyroyd Conference, The Home Office, Manchester, August, 1989 and 1990. An annual four-day long conference for senior officers and senior police administrators. Worked with a team of social scientists headed by Malcolm Cross (Warwick University) to facilitate workshops where issues of policing and policing policies in ‘inner city areas’ were discussed. Focused on the principles of effective policing in ethnic minority and inner city communities.
    Research Associate: Center for Race and Ethnic Relations, Warwick University, Coventry, June-December, 1990. Investigated the accuracy of ethnic and nationality monitoring within the British penal system. Involved in the research design, data collection, and evaluation of the project as well as working with relevant statutory and non-statutory organizations.
    Associate Researcher/Forum Participant: Manchester University and Polytechnic, Manchester. Summer 1988. Participated on an inter-disciplinary team of academics attempting to redress the Eurocentric focus of higher educational curriculums. I focused on health care delivery with regard to cultural, nutritional, and religious differences. Presented seminars and workshops for undergraduates and graduates of the medical, nursing and public policy schools in Manchester.
    Consultant/Positive Action Development Officer: Department of Education and Science. London, May 1989 - July 1989. Consulted on a report on the issues, obstacles, and strategies in implementing policies and practices for developing monitoring systems to promote positive action initiatives in education and job training.
    Consultant: Sandown College,for Further Education, Liverpool, March-July 1989. Evaluated the effectiveness of local authority practices and policies in providing assistance for adults returning to further education, with particular reference to the pilot positive action project I coordinated.
    Teaching: Undergraduate Courses:
  • Introduction to Urban Sociology
  • Urban Life in Los Angeles
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • The Black Atlantic
  • Introduction to Black Studies
  • Sociology of Popular Music
  • The Transatlantic Black and Asian Experience
  • Comparative Immigration Imagined Communities
    Teaching: Graduate Courses:
  • Popular Culture, Representation, and the Unholy Trinity: Sex, Gender, Race.
    Research Interests/Areas of Specialization:
  • Urban Sociology
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Ethnic Entrepreneurship
  • Black Diaspora
  • Popular Music
  • Race and Crime
    Programming Grant, Intercollegiate Department of Black Studies (IDBS), Claremont Colleges, 2002.
    Institute of Humanities Grant, Humanities Institute, Scripps College, Claremont Colleges, 2002.
    Academic Events Committee Grant, Pitzer College, Claremont Colleges, 2001.
    IDBS Funds for the Annual IDBS Conference, Claremont Colleges, 2001.
    The Printed Word Funds, Pitzer College, Claremont Colleges, 2001.
    IDBS Curriculum Development Grant, Claremont Colleges, 2000.
    Salathe Funds, Pitzer College, Claremont Colleges, 2000.
    European Union Center Group Faculty Grant, Scripps College, Summer 1999.
    Summer Fellowship in the Social Sciences, Pitzer College, Claremont Colleges 1998, 2001.

Faculty Research and Development Grant, Pitzer College 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001.


Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Institute for American Culture, Center for Afro- American Studies UCLA, August, 1992-1993.

    Manchester Business School Further Studies Scholarship: Manchester University, Manchester, 1984-1986.
    Undergraduate Award for Biochemistry: (for 2nd year students), Chelsea College, London University, London, 1983.
    Visiting Fellow: Department of Sociology at Warwick University, Coventry, UK, JanuaryDecember, 1999.
    Visiting Fellow: The Department of Social Anthropology at Goldsmith's College, London University, U.K, January-June, 1999.
    Honorary Research Associate: Department of Social Anthropology, Manchester University, Manchester, UK, Summer 1993-1995.
    Basu, Dipannita and Pnina Werbner. 2001. “Bootstrap Capitalism and the Culture Industries: A Critique of Invidious Comparisons in the Study of Ethnic Entrepreneurship.” Ethnic and Racial Studies, Vol. 23, No. 2, pp. 236-262.
    Basu, Dipannita. 2001. “Sociology and the Color Line.” in Peter Ratcliffe (ed.), The Politics of Social Science Research: Race, Ethnicity, and Social Change. London: Palgrave Press.
    Fairchild, Halford and Dipannita Basu. 2000. “How Africa Developed the World.” Psych Discourse, Vol 31, No. 10, pp. 12-13.
    Fairchild, Halford and Dipannita Basu. 2000. “Continuing Struggles in Black Studies.” Psych Discourse, Vol 31, No. 9, pp.11.
    Basu, Dipannita. 1998. “What is Real About ‘Keeping it Real’?” Postcolonial Studies, Vol. 1, No. 3 pp. 371-387.
    Basu, Dipannita. 1992. “Rap Music, Hip Hop Culture, and the Music Industry in Los Angeles” The Center for Afro-American Studies Report (1992) Vol. 15 (1&2), pp. 20-23.
    Basu, Dipannita. 1990. Positive Action: A Handbook for Practitioners. Working Paper. Department for Education and Science.
    Basu, Dipannita, and Bernard Leach. 1989. Intervention Strategies for Economic Development in the Inner City. Greater Manchester Economic Development Corporation.
    Dipannita Basu. 1990. Small Business Development and Inner-City Economies: Working. Paper Small Business Unit, Manchester Business School.

Basu, Dipannita and Sid Lemelle (eds.). 2002. The Vinyl Ain’t Final: Hip Hop and The Globalization of Black Popular Culture. London: Pluto Press.

    “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” European Science Foundation Euresco Conference on “Self-Employment, Gender and Migration.” San Feliu du Guixols, Spain, 28 October -2 November 2000.
    “Teaching Introduction Sociology for the First Time.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, August 21-25 1998.
    “Race, Ethnicity and Exclusion: Counter-Narratives and Controversy in the Academy.” 14th World Congress of Sociology, Montreal, Canada, July 1998.
    “What Color Success?” Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, April 1720,1997.
    “Conflicts and Issues in Teaching the Tans-Atlantic Black Experience.” Pacific Sociology Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, March 21-24, 1996.
    “Rap Music and Industrial Wastelands.” Conference of Youth Culture and Post-Modernism, Center for Cultural and Urban Studies, Coventry University, Coventry, May, 5-8, 1995
    “Rap Music, Black Urban Aesthetics, and Black Entrepreneurship in the Cultural Industries.” Black Sociologist Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, July 1994.
    “Takin’ Care of Business: An Interactive Study of the Black Economic Dynamic Accompanying Rap.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, July 1994.
    “Black Businesses in the Food Industry in Britain.” Anglo-German Conference on Ethnic Minority Business Development in European Countries, Berlin, September 7-10, 1991.
    “The False Conflation of Ethnic Minority Business Development and Inner City Rejuvenation.” Partnerships in Inner-City Development, Aston University, Birmingham, UK, August 4-6 1990.

“Small Business Succession and Intergenerational Differences of Black Businesses.” Group for Anthropology in Practice and Policy, University of Manchester, Manchester, March 9, 1990.


    Panelist and presenter: The Berkeley Hip Hop Conference, University of Berkeley, Berkeley, April 2002.
    A Tale of Two Transatlantic Cities: Black Deaths, Boys in Blue, and White Invisibility “Blackness in Global Context” University of California, Davis, March 2002
    “Assessing Accomplishments and Sustaining Success in MOST.” MOST Coordinators Conference, Washington DC. May 19-21, 2000.
    Discussant: “The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry and Institutional Racism in Britain.” Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting, South Asian Social Researchers Forum, University of London Union, London, 5th March, 1999.
    “Asian Women and Domestic Violence: A Considered Cultural Response.” Asian Women and Domestic Violence. Greenwich City Council, London, August 21, 2000.
    “Youth, Culture, Race and the Criminal Justice System in Europe.” Windows on the World High School Teachers Institute Conference, San Bernardino, October 10, 2000.
    Keynote speaker/facilitator “Education and Black Women.” Coventry and Warwick Teachers Association, Coventry. UK. September 25-28, 2000
    Discussant: Unpacking the Rhetoric Within Minority and Diversity, Theory and Practice
Claremont Graduate University, Pomona College, January 28-29, 2000.
    Discussant “Rights, Justice and Law.” IN Migration: Immigration, Racism and Policy in the EU and California, European Center, Scripps College, March 30-April 2nd, 2000
    “A Tale of Two Cities: Rodney King and Stephen Lawrence: Race, Space, and Policing.”
Southwark Council for Community Relations and Black and Asian Women's Network,London, March 18, 1999.
    “Race and Class in the Cultural Commodification of Hip-Hop.” Keele University, Center of Social Anthropology and Sociology, Keele, Oct 18, 1996, and UK.
    “Race, Class and Gender in the Cultural Politics and Cultural Production of Black British and American Youth,” Graduate School of Social Welfare, UCLA, March 2, 1996.
    Discussant: World-System Theories, Association for Humanist Sociology, New Haven, New Hampshire, October 24-27, 1996.
    “Subcultures and Subcultural Capital.” Institute for Contemporary Cultural Research. University of Manchester, Hollyroyd, Manchester, UK, Dec 14-17, 1995.
    “Hip Hop Culture, Rap Music, and Black Entrepreneurship.” Music In Question/Cultures in Dialogue, Scripps College Humanities Institute, Claremont, Nov 30, 1995.

“Perspectives on Positive Action.” Baroness Sears Chambers, House of Lords, London. September 1989.


    Editorial Advisory Board, “A Turbulent Voyage Readings in African American Studies.”
    Editorial Advisory Board, “Sociological Perspectives.”
    Reviewer, “Get It Together: Issues in African American Life.” Member, Association of American Sociology
    Member, Association of Pacific Sociology
    Member, American Humanistic Sociology
    Member, South Asian Social Researchers Forum
    Guest on Michael Levine’s show (940 AM) debating on the pro-life movement. July 14, 2001.
    Consulted and advised for a number of media researchers and production assistants on programs concerning Asian businesses, rap music and urban uprisings in the UK and USA. (Granada TV, Diverse Productions, and BBC Birmingham).
    Featured in an extensive newspaper article on hip-hop in Los Angeles. Goteborgd-Posten, September 1998.
    Featured and consulted on a two hour documentary about youth cultures in Germany, GMBH, 1988
    Guest on a radio conference on W-RCB, Washington, discussing inter-racial conflict. March 23, 1997.

Interviewed for a documentary about women and drug abuse by Channel 5 News, 10th September 1996