University of Texas at Austin, Ph.D., American Studies, 5/19 (expected)
New York University, M.A., Performance Studies, 5/14
University of Pennsylvania, B.S., Economics; Minor, Gender, Culture & Society, 5/09
CONFERENCE PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS
“‘And We’ll Try to Imagine What It Looks Like’: Prince, Synthesized Femininity, and the Political Potential of Vulnerability” (forthcoming), American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 2018. *panel organizer
“‘Could We Go to a Movie and Cry Together?’: Prince, Vibrational Vulnerability, and the Political Possibility of Androgyny” (forthcoming), National Women’s Studies Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 2018. *panel organizer
“Vibrational Genealogies: Music Technology, Gender Presentation, and Racialized Sound in Grimes and Janelle Monáe’s ‘Venus Fly’ and ‘Pynk,’” EMP Pop Music Conference, Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle, WA, April 2018. *panel organizer
“‘I Like This Part’”: Janet Jackson, Digital Music Technologies, and Recrafting Black Female Sexuality in Mid-1980s America,” National Women’s Studies Association Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, November 2017.
“‘Gimme a Beat!’: Janet Jackson, New Musical Technologies, and Vibrationally Breaking the Silences on Black Life in 1980s America,” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, November 2017.
“‘Cry and Burst My Deafness’: Blood Orange, Affective Bass Lines, and Viscerally Reconnecting with the 1980s,” EMP Pop Music Conference, Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle, WA, April 2017. *panel organizer
“‘A Warmth That I Can Feel with Him’: Blood Orange, Black Queer Potentiality, and Affectively Reaching for the 1980s,” American Studies Graduate Student Conference, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, April 2017. *panel organizer
“Embodied Repetition: Moving with Black Queer Working Class Histories in FKA twigs’s ‘Glass and Patron,’” Protest: Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and Media Activism Research Collective Graduate Student Conference, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, April 2016.
“‘We Got Love Too Good to Throw Away’: Frankie Knuckles, House Music, and Black Queer Diaspora,” Modern Languages Association, Austin, TX, January 2016.
“‘Hold That Pose for Me’: FKA twigs, Synthesized Sounds, and Vibrational Collectivity,” Affect Theory Conference, Millersville, PA, October 2015.
“Starting Something: Falsettos, Synthesizers, and New Political-Cultural Potentialities in Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean,’” Home/Sick: American Studies Graduate Student Conference, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, April 2015.
“Feeling It in the Break: Sensing Buried Histories and Subjectivities in La Roux’s ‘Colourless Colour,’” New Directions in Anthropology Graduate Student Conference, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, March 2015.
“Blackness, Queerness, and Becoming-Woman: Lingering in the Synthesizer’s Disorienting Sonic Spaces,” New York University Performance Studies MA Final Symposium, New York, NY, May 2014.
“Androgyny as Artistic and Political Resistance: Artistic Interventions from the 1980s,” Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, November 28, 2017.
“Janet Jackson as a Precursor to Beyoncé and Solange Knowles,” Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, October 26, 2017.
HONORS AND AWARDS
Mellon Engaged Scholar Initiative Fellowship, 2017-2020 (includes postdoc year)
UT-Austin College of Liberal Arts Dissertation Fellowship, 2017-2018
UT-Austin Department of American Studies Dissertation Startup Award, Fall 2016
UT-Austin Department of American Studies TA Top Off Award, Fall 2015
AMS 311s: Blackness and Queerness as Political Performance, Summer 2018
AMS 355: Main Currents in American Culture to 1865, Summer 2017 (Professor Shirley Thompson)
AMS 356: Main Currents in American Culture Since 1865, Spring 2017 (Professor Randy Lewis)
AMS 356: Main Currents in American Culture Since 1865, Fall 2016 (Professor Julia Mickenberg)
AMS 310: Introduction to American Studies, Spring 2016 (Professor Jeannette Vaught)
AMS 310: Introduction to American Studies, Fall 2015 (Professor Steven Hoelscher)
HIS 315K: The United States: 1492-1865, Spring 2015 (Professor Christopher Ernst)
AMS 310: Introduction to American Studies, Fall 2014 (Professor Elizabeth Engelhardt)
American Studies Graduate Student Committee (September 2014-August 2016)
American Studies Events Committee (March 2015-February 2016)
Graduate Students-Faculty Liaison for the Potential New Hire (February-March 2016)
American Studies Association
National Women’s Studies Association
GL/Q Caucus for the Modern Languages Association
Music writer for Bitch Media, January 2017-Present.
Research support on Queer Genius, a documentary by Catherine Pancake, Fall 2016