Erik Nielson

Erik Nielson is an associate professor of liberal arts at the University of Richmond, where he teaches courses on African American literature and hip hop culture. A co-author of Rap on Trial: Race, Lyrics, and Guilt in America, he lives in Richmond, Virginia, and Brooklyn, New York.

News and Reviews


Chosen by Okayplayer as one of the 15 Great Hip-Hop Books Published in 2019

The Crime Report

Read a Q&A interview with Rap on Trial authors Erik Nielson and Andrea L. Dennis in The Crime Report.

Boston Review

Read an excerpt from Rap on Trial in the Boston Review.

Brooklyn Historical Society

Watch authors Erik Nielson and Andrea Dennis discuss Rap on Trial, the use of rap lyrics to prosecute men of color, and systemic injustice with Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival founder Wes Jackson in an online event with the Brooklyn Historical Society.

Books by Erik Nielson

Rap on Trial
Race, Lyrics, and Guilt in America

Erik Nielson, Andrea L. Dennis