Dr. Bettina L. Love is an award winning author and Assistant Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on the ways in which urban youth negotiate Hip Hop music and culture to form social, cultural, and political identities to create new and sustaining ways of thinking about urban education. Her research is focused on transforming urban classrooms through the use of non-traditional educational curricula and classroom structures. Building on that theme, Dr. Love also has a passion for studying the school experiences of queer youth, along with race and inequality in education.
Dr. Love is a sought-after public speaker on a range of topics including: Hip Hop education, Black girlhood, queer youth, Hip Hop feminism, art-based education to foster youth civic engagement, and issues of diversity. In 2014, she was invited and will attend the White House Research Conference on Girls to discuss her work focused on the lives of Black girls. She is the inaugural recipient of the Michael F. Adams award (2014) from the University of Georgia. She has provided commentary for various news outlets including NPR and ArtsATL.
Dr. Love is one of the founding board members of The Kindezi School, an innovative school focused on small classrooms and art-based education. She conducts workshops/professional development seminars for educators and students for educational entities of all kinds. She is the founder of Real Talk: Hip Hop Education for Social Justice, an after school initiative aimed at teaching students the history and elements of Hip Hop for social justice aligned with core subjects.
She is the author of Hip Hop’s Li’l Sistas Speak: Negotiating Hip Hop Identities and Politics in the New South. Her work has appeared in numerous books and journals, including the English Journal, The Urban Review, International Journal of Critical Pedagogy, and Journal of LGBT Youth.