Director of Joyner Institute/ Assistant Professor
Charles Norton is a linguist, interdisciplinary scholar, and Hip Hop teaching artist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He holds a PhD in Aesthetics from Université Paris Nanterre and an MA in French & Anthropology from the University of Arizona. Most recently he was a Visiting Professor at Morehouse College. He has also taught full-time at the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and the University of Paris. Norton’s research investigates human rights and empowerment in global Hip Hop cultures, and he has extensive experience working internationally, including three tours of service with the US Peace Corps (Cameroon, Haiti, and Rwanda) and a stint as a Faculty Research Adviser at the University of Rwanda’s Gikondo campus’s Center for Language Enhancement.