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

“‘Sissy Style’: Gender, Race, and Sexuality in New Orleans Bounce

Dance,” Journal of Popular Music Studies Vol. 35, No. 3 (September

2023): 61-81.

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

Blog Posts

    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.


    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

    International Council for Traditional Music

    Society for Ethnomusicology

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