Dr. John Hamilton has had a passion for education and supporting historically underrepresented youth. Dr. Hamilton has taken his love for the hip-hop culture and his research on retention issues for students’ of color to examine how education and hip-hop can be prioritized to create options.

Dr. Hamilton’s passion led him to listen more to the lyrics to interpret the story and messages presented by hip hop icons from Public Enemy, Eric B. & Rahim, Jay Z, Nas, and Tupac to name a few.  Because of his passion for music, you can often hear him playing Northern California’s rapper Paris or John Mayer in his Race, Class or Gender class to college students to interpret more meaning to the curriculum.

Hamilton has presented at numerous conferences and workshops on the plight of African American males.  He is the author of Cinque: Rites Of Passage, The Elevator is Broken and Vainglorious: How Today’s Black Men Graduate from College. Hamilton has created numerous curricula based on leadership to enhance students of color academics.

Dr. Hamilton earned his Doctoral degree in Education (Organizational Leadership) from the University of La Verne, Master of Education from Loyola Marymount University, and Bachelors in Sociology from San Diego State University.

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