AboutInterdisciplinary scholar of American popular music with a focus on intersections of race, gender, and sexuality in hip-hop
EducationPhD Musicology, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
MA Ethnomusicology, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
Graduate Certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies, Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, University of Rochester
BM, Flute Performance, Michigan State University
Undergraduate Specialization in Women, Gender, and Social Justice, Michigan State University
Work Shared in CORE
“Who Slays? Queer Resonances in Beyoncé’s Lemonade
,” Popular Music and Society
Vol. 42, No. 1 (February 2019): 82-98.
“A Love Song for All of Us? Macklemore’s ‘Same Love’ and the Myth of Black Homophobia,” Journal of the Society for American Music
Vol. 12, NO. 4 (November 2018): 425-448).
“Goldenrod Distribution and the Queer Failure of Women’s Music,” American Music
Vol. 34, No. 2 (Summer 2016): 218-242.
“Dancing as Queer Resistance,” Inside Higher Ed
, June 17, 2016, https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2016/06/17/white-queer-woman-scholar-describes-her-concerns-following-orlando-shootings-essay
ProjectsQueer Voices in Hip Hop: Cultures, Communities, and Contemporary Performance. University of Michigan Press, Tracking Pop Series, Fall 2022.
Upcoming Talks and Conferences“‘I’m a Whole Bisexual’: Cardi B, ‘WAP,’ and Bisexual Erasure.” American Musicological Society, Society for Ethnomusicology, and Society for Music Theory Joint Conference. New Orleans, LA. 10-13 November 2022.
“‘I’m a Whole Bisexual’: Cardi B, ‘WAP,’ and Bisexual Erasure.” Invited presentation for the Hiphop Literacies Conference: “Hiphop, Black Lives Matter and Queer Black Feminism.” The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. 30-31 March, 2023.
MembershipsAmerican Musicological Society (LGBTQ Study Group, Popular Music Study Group)
American Studies Association
Society for American Music
International Association for the Study of Popular Music, U.S. Branch
Society for Ethnomusicology