Interdisciplinary scholar of American popular music with a focus on intersections of race, gender, and sexuality in hip-hop


PhD 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

Other Publications

Queer 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

Blog Posts

    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.


    American 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

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