A.D. Carson is an award-winning performance artist and educator from Decatur, Illinois. His work focuses on race, literature, history, rhetorics and performance. He received a Ph.D. in rhetorics, communication and information design at Clemson University. His album, i used to love to dream, released with University of Michigan Press, is the first-ever rap album peer-reviewed for publication with an academic press. This work extends from his doctoral dissertation, Owning My Masters: The Rhetorics of Rhymes & Revolutions, which he submitted in rap album form as the primary feature of a digital archive at phd.aydeethegreat.com. His dissertation garnered international press and was recognized by Clemson’s Graduate Student Government as the 2017 Outstanding Dissertation. Carson was also a 2016 recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Excellence in Service at Clemson for his work with students, staff, faculty and community members to raise awareness of historic, entrenched racism at the university through his 'See the Stripes' campaign, which takes its name from the poem featured on his dissertation album. Dr. Carson’s work has been featured by Complex, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Forbes, The Guardian, Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory, NPR’s All Things Considered, OkayPlayer, Quiddity International Literary Journal and public-radio programme Time, USA Today and XXL among others. His projects are available to stream/download free from aydeethegreat.com. Carson is currently assistant professor of hip-hop and the global South at the University of Virginia. Follow A.D. Carson on Twitter/IG @aydeethegreat.