Mark Campbell

Mark Campbell
Assistant Professor
Telephone number
Building HW 409
Music and Culture


Mark V. Campbell is a DJ, scholar and curator. His research explores the relationships between Afrosonic innovations and notions of the human. Dr. Campbell is currently the Principal Investigator in the SSHRC funded research project, Hip Hop Archives: The Poetics and Potentials of Knowledge Production. His recent books include the monograph AfroSonic Life (2022), the co-edited collection of essays, We Still Here: Hip Hop in North of the 49th Parallel published (in 2020) and his forthcoming co-edited collection Hip Hop Archives: The Politics and Poetics of Knowledge Production with Murray Forman is due out in 2023. Mark is Assistant Professor of Music and Culture at the University of Toronto Scarborough and holds Research Fellow positions with the Laboratory for Artistic Intelligence and the Research Centre for Music, Sound and Society in Canada. 





2010 - Doctorate of Philosophy. Department of Sociology & Equity Studies
in Education, OISE/ University of Toronto. Dissertation title: Remixing
Relationality: ‘Other/ed’ Sonic Modernities of our Present. 


Association of Canadian Archivists
Caribbean Studies Association
American Musicological Society 

Teaching Interests

DJ Cultures; Popular Music Preservation; Diaspora; Remix Studies

Research Interests

Hip-Hop Archives; Afrodiasporic music; Remix Cultures; Data Justice

Awards and Grants

2020-22 Black Studies Summer Seminar, SSHRC Connections Grant

2019-22 Hip-Hop Archives: Remixing the Production of Knowledge, Connaught New Researcher Award

2020-21 AfroSonic Audio: Archival Interruptions by Hip-Hop’s Esoteric and Ephemeral Arts Jackman Humanities UTSC Fellowship

2019-22 Doing, Creating & Producing Knowledge: Hip Hop Archives’ Poetics & Potentials SSHRC Insight Grant


Campbell, Mark V. (2021). Art for Our Sake Art for Our Sake: Creativity and Humanity in the African Diaspora blog post: IdeaLab Reflection Paper for CCUNESCO


Campbell, Mark V. (2018). Hip Hop Archives or an Archive of Hip Hop? A Remix Impulse. Public: Art| Culture| Ideas. 57. Summer pp. 68-79 Journal Article


Campbell, Mark V. (2022). Afrosonic Life. London: Bloomsbury Academic. Monograph ISBN: 9781501379291


Campbell, M. (2021). DJing Archival Interruptions: A Remix Praxis and Reflective Guide. Navas Eduardo, Owen Gallagher, and xtine burrough, eds. The Routledge Handbook of Remix Studies and Digital Humanities. New York: Routledge pp. 488-499. Chapter. Navas-Gallagher-burrough/p/book/9780367361426. ISBN 9780367361426


Mark V. Campbell/DJ Grumps
DJs Defeating Algorithms.
September 2020
Musicians During COVID-19: Collaboration, Connection & Cacophony.
Jack Layton Chair, X University, Toronto, ON. 

Public Engagement

Campbell, Mark V. & Charity Marsh.
What Canadian hip-hop can teach us about being Canadian.
Globe & Mail Newspaper Op-Ed December 11, 2020

Mark V. Campbell
Mark Campbell’s Theory of Toronto.
Invited Public Talk
The Bentway. Toronto, Ontario.
May 2019


Mark V. Campbell/DJ Grumps
Relation (Dub)
Double Gazebo Online Musical accompaniment.
Commissioned by Varley Gallery
September 2021

Post-Doctorial Fellow Supervision & Mentorship

Pablo D. Herrera Veitia

Pablo D. Herrera Veitia 

AfroSonic Cultures Across the Diaspora 

Pablo D. Herrera Veitia obtained his PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of St. Andrews. He is a scholar-practitioner working at the intersection of Orisa worship, hip hop studies and multimodal ethnography. His research explores what it means to be Afro-Cuban in post-socialist Havana and follows divinatory figures in the Odù Ifá literary corpus as primary conceptual sources. As one of Cuba’s pioneering Afro-Cuban rap music producers, Herrera Veitia proposes that understanding Afro-Cubaneity today may require a focus on recent shifts in the audible character of Havana and how the city’s sonorous dimension presents itself as a site where citizens contest state ideology through loud and discrete amplification practices. Herrera Veitia is a 2018-2019 Nasir Jones Fellowship recipient at the Hiphop Archive and Research Institute, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University. His writing has appeared in Revista Casa de las Americas, Metronome's documenta 12 Magazines issue, and He has also collaborated on several major academic research projects on rap and reggaeton music in Havana, including Sujatha Fernandez's Cuba Represent and Close to the Edge, Tanya Saunders's Cuban Underground Hiphop; Marc Perry's Negro Soy Yo; and Geoff Baker's Buena Vista in the Club.

B.A. (Havana), M.Sc. (Edinburgh), Ph.D. (St. Andrews)

Teaching Interests:
Musical Diasporas, Afro-Diasporic Rhythm, Archival Studies, Multimodal Ethnography

Research Interests:
Afro-Cuban Rhythm, Afro-Cuban Lucumi Orisa Worship, Hip Hop Archives, Sounded Ethnography

Book Chapters
Forthcoming. Rap Cubano in the Archive: The Immaterial Paradox. In Hip-Hop Archives: The Politics and Poetics of Knowledge Production M. Forman & M. V. Campbell (ed). Bristol: Intellect Books.
Forthcoming. Living Archives: Libretas de Santo and Afro-Cubaneity Today. In Black Archives and Intellectual Histories: Cultures of Thought in South Africa and the Black Diaspora Khwezi Mkhize & Christopher Ouma (ed.) Wits University Press.
Consumir música popular y producir rap afrocubano: Una historia a saltos. In Contar El Rap: Narraciones y testimonios G. Hernández Baguer & M. Junco Duffay (ed). La Habana: CIDMUC.

Peer-Reviewed Articles
Herrera Veitia, P. D. & Fernandez Selier 2003. Rap Cubano: Nuevas posibilidades estéticas para la cancion popular cubana. Boletín Música, No. 11-12. Casa de las Américas. Havana.

Herrera Veitia, P. D. & Various Artists. 2019. Habana Hiphop Volumen 2 – Limited Academic Edition (Vinyl & Booklet). Cambridge: Habana Hiphop (available online):