David Thigpen

Director of Undergraduate Programs

David Thigpen is a former Time Magazine reporter who reported for the magazine from New York and Chicago. He has extensive experience covering the music business, Wall Street and the Chicago political scene. David's work has also been published in The New York Times, Rolling Stone and the Chicago Tribune Literary Review. He is also a public policy analyst and is affiliated with the Institute for the Future, a research organization in Palo Alto, California, where he conducts research on the future of American cities.


Jam Master Jay: The Heart of Hip Hop

Published by MTV Books/Simon and Schuster in 2002, the book is a portrait and investigation into the death of one of the founding fathers of hip hop music.