Dr. Jacinta R. Saffold is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of New Orleans. She received her Ph.D. from the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with certificates in African Diaspora Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Dr. Saffold’s research interests coalesce around 20th and 21st century African American literature, Hip Hop Studies, and the Digital Humanities. She is currently working her first manuscript, Books & Beats: The Cultural Kinship of Street Lit and Hip Hop and related digital archiving projects. She also has extensive experience as a scholar-administrator with emphases on enrollment management, inclusive diversity, and student success. Ultimately, Dr. Saffold is committed to widening access for minority students and shifting the culture in higher education to be more inclusive through a prism of African American literature and culture.