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
Other PublicationsQueer Voices in Hip Hop: Cultures, Communities, and Contemporary Performance
. University of Michigan Press, 2022. https://doi.org/10.3998/mpub.11306619
“Wheeler, Darby, dir. Hip-Hop Evolution
. Banger Films, 2016. Streaming.” Solicited review for the Journal of the Society for American Music
Vol. 16, No. 4 (2022): 460-462.
“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
Upcoming Talks and Conferences“Queer Voices in Hip Hop.” Book talk with Q&A. Hosted by Western Michigan University Libraries. Meader Room, Waldo Library. 31 January 2023.
“‘I’m a Whole Bisexual’: Cardi B, ‘WAP,’ and Bisexual Erasure.” Society for American Music Conference, Minneapolis, MN, 8-12 March 2023.
“Queer Voices in Hip Hop.” Books & Beer Series. Sponsored by the Western Michigan University Center for Humanities. 16 March 2023.
“Beyoncé and Queer Musicians.” Invited talk for the Women in Music organization of the Pennsylvania State University School of Music. State College, PA, 18 March 2023.
“‘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.
“‘Sissy Style’: Gender, Race, and Sexuality in New Orleans Bounce.” International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) World Conference. University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana, 13-19 July 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