Dr. Travis L. Gosa is an Assistant Professor of Social Science at Cornell University. He is a scholar of African American education, and has additional specialties in African American families and hip-hop studies. His research examines the social and cultural worlds of African-American youth. He is interested in how black youth make sense of their own social worlds, particularly how they (re)construct identities and meanings that challenge and/or (re)produce their social status. Travis Gosa comes to Cornell from the Africana Studies Program at Williams College, where he taught courses in sociology and education.
Prof. Gosa teaches courses on race, education, hip-hop, and the African American family. He has taught courses at Johns Hopkins University, Williams College, and Cornell University. In 2007, he was awarded the Johns Hopkins Africana Studies Center Prize Teaching Fellowship. His courses are typically “student-centered lectures.” This means that students are expected to become active participants in the learning process. Most class time is reserved for discussion, group work, debate, and questions. His courses tend to include audio-video materials, including documentaries, music, and feature-length movies.