Former ROLC Graduate Assistant Binda Niati Featured in USC Article Focusing on Her Research in Hip-Hop, Education, and Citizen Engagement





In the article “Empowered by Hip-Hop,” USC highlights Noella “Binda” Niati, a former ROLC Graduate Assistant and current doctoral candidate in the Educational Foundations and Inquiry program of the College of Education. The article discusses Ms. Niati’s research on how hip-hop music is transforming education and citizen engagement. In her research, Ms. Niati examines the relevance and impact of hip-hop music, and notes that music can be a cultural driver because it is an educative tool that is both socially and culturally relevant. Ms. Niati’s new research involves studying how a group led by a female rapper can gain attention in a male-dominated society.