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
“‘Sissy Style’: Gender, Race, and Sexuality in New Orleans Bounce
Dance,” Journal of Popular Music Studies
Vol. 35, No. 3 (September
“Beyoncé: At Work, On Screen, And Online
. Martin Iddon and Melanie L. Marshall, eds. 2020. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.” Solicited review for Ethnomusicology
Vol. 67, No. 2 (Spring/Summer 2023): 299-301.
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
Upcoming Talks and Conferences“Hip Hop at 50: New Perspectives, Alternative Genealogies.” Roundtable discussion hosted by the Department of American Studies. University of Minnesota: Minneapolis, MN. September 14, 2023.
Social Justice Speaker Series: Queer Voices in Hip Hop. Book talk with Q&A. Hosted by Dayton Metro Library. Free and open to the public. Dayton Metro Library Main Branch, Eichelberger Forum, Dayton, OH. October 5, 2023.
Guest Lecture, “See Me Now: Domestic Violence in LGBTQ Pop Songs.” Invited talk, the Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. November 6, 2023.
American Musicological Society. Denver, CO. November 9-12, 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
International Council for Traditional Music
Society for Ethnomusicology