Krystal Strong

Assistant Professor

Literacy, Culture, and International Education Division

Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania


Professional Biography

Dr. Strong is an assistant professor in the Education, Culture, and Society Division. She received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was named a Fulbright-Hays Fellow, a Spencer Dissertation Fellow, a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow, and a University of California Dissertation Fellow. Her work has been published in the Journal of African Cultural Studies. 

Research Interests and Current Projects

Dr. Strong’s research and teaching combine anthropological approaches to formal and non-institutional educational processes, politics, youth, and new media in Africa and the African Diaspora. She focuses on the ambivalent role of educational institutions in the social reproduction of power and privilege, the politicization and cultural practices of youth, and the intersections of these activities and practices across transnationally and digitally networked spaces. Her dissertation, Political Training Grounds: Students and the Future of Post-Military Nigeria, examines the role of campus-based politics and activism in preparing Nigerian students for careers in national leadership after the recent transition to constitutional democracy. She is currently revising the dissertation for publication. Dr. Strong is also interested in emerging social media­–activated communities of political and cultural practice among African Diasporic youth.


Selected Publications

Strong, K., & Ossei-Owusu, S. (2014). Naija boy remix: Afroexploitation and the new media creative economies of cosmopolitan African youth. Journal of African Cultural Studies, 26(2), 189–205. doi: 10.1080/13696815.2013.861343.