David Wall Rice

David Wall Rice

David Wall Rice is currently an associate professor of psychology at Morehouse College where he leads the Identity Orchestration Research Lab and serves as founding Co-Director of the College's Cinema, Television and Emerging Media Studies (CTEMS) program. 

Rice frequently applies his research to cultural criticism. He serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for The Journal of Popular Culture, served as contributor to the Public Radio International morning news program The Takeaway and has also provided commentary for NPR, CBS News, MSNBC and his writings have appeared in The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News, Vibe magazine and The Root among other media outlets. He is Embedded Journalist for The Gordon Commission on the Future of Assessment in Education, and is writing his second book for Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (2013) entitled, I Ain't No Joke: Identity orchestration through the narratives of hip-hop lyricism. This is an extension of thinking from his first text, Balance: Advancing identity theory by engaging the Black male adolescent (2008).

Rice's current research looks at identity and the self within the recast social context of the "Obama Era," and the psychology of strength as informed by study in Israel, Haiti and Ghana. An emphasis on "the positive" is an approach that frames his work beyond the academy to spaces that include youth culture, music culture, media, politics, psychology and faith. 

He graduated from Morehouse College with a B.A. in psychology, earned an M.A. in Journalism from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in personality psychology from Howard University.