Don C. Sawyer III, Ph.D., is currently a faculty member in the Department of Sociology at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT. He comes to QU after serving 12 years as an administrator, doctoral student, and community builder at Syracuse University. At Quinnipiac University he teaches: Introduction to Sociology, Sociology of Race, Sociology of Education, and Sociology of Hip-Hop Culture. His scholarly focus is on race, urban education, qualitative methodology, hip-hop culture/hip-hop education, and youth critical media literacy. Sawyer practices a public sociology and believes in creating partnerships among communities, urban schools, and institutions of higher education. Sawyer is a member of the “DEF” Committee for the Hip-Hop Think Tank which is charged with defining and professionalizing the field of hip-hop education. The Hip-Hop Think Tank is Sponsored by The Hip-Hop Education Center at New York University.