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

“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


    Queer 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.



    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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