Ph.D. American Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 2019
Dissertation: “Hyperaural Blackness: Black Pop Stars, New Musical Technologies, and Vibrational Negotiations of Identity in the Mid-1980s and Beyond”
Co-Supervisors: Ann Cvetkovich and Shirley Thompson
M.A. Performance Studies, New York University, 2014
B.S. Economics, University of Pennsylvania, 2009
2019-2020 Postdoctoral Fellow, Andrew W. Mellon Engaged Scholar Initiative, The University of Texas at Austin
Works in Progress
“Fit for a Queen: Grace Jones, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and the Sharp Resonances of Diasporic Pasts” (will submit to American Quarterly in September 2019).
“Starting Something: Synthesizers and Rhythmic Reorientations in Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean,’” Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society.
“Finding a Home in House: Tracing Vibrations of Black Queer Femmeness from Camille to Robin S. to FKA twigs” (forthcoming), Oxford Handbook of Electronic Dance Music, Luis-Manuel Garcia and Robin James (editors), Oxford.
“Future Sounds: Janelle Monáe and Cyberpunk Synthetics” (forthcoming), Routledge Companion to Cyberpunk Culture, Lars Schmeink, Anna McFarlane, and Graham Murphy (editors), Routledge.
AWARDS, GRANTS, AND FELLOWSHIPS
2017-2020 Andrew W. Mellon Engaged Scholar Initiative Fellowship
2017-2018 Dissertation Fellowship, College of Liberal Arts, UT Austin
2016 Dissertation Award, Department of American Studies, UT Austin
2015 TA Top Off Award, Department of American Studies, UT Austin
2017 “Janet Jackson as a Vibrational Precursor to Beyoncé and Solange Knowles,” Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.
PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS
2019: *“‘Breathe to the Rhythm’: Grace Jones and the Performance of Diasporic Pasts” (forthcoming), National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.
2018 *“‘And We’ll Try to Imagine What It Looks Like’: Prince, Synthesized Femininity, and the Political Potential of Vulnerability,” American Studies Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
2018 *“‘Could We Go to a Movie and Cry Together?’: Prince, Vibrational Vulnerability, and the Political Possibility of Androgyny,” National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
2018 *“Vibrational Genealogies: Music Technology, Gender Presentation, and Racialized Sound in Grimes and Janelle Monáe’s ‘Venus Fly’ and ‘Pynk,’” Pop Conference, Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle, WA.
2017 “‘I Like This Part’”: Janet Jackson, Digital Music Technologies, and Recrafting Black Female Sexuality in Mid-1980s America,” National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD.
2017 “‘Gimme a Beat!’: Janet Jackson, New Musical Technologies, and Vibrationally Breaking the Silences on Black Life in 1980s America,” American Studies Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.
2017 *“‘Cry and Burst My Deafness’: Blood Orange, Affective Bass Lines, and Viscerally Reconnecting with the 1980s,” Pop Conference, Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle, WA.
2017 *“‘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.
2016 “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.
2016 “‘We Got Love Too Good to Throw Away’: Frankie Knuckles, House Music, and Black Queer Diaspora,” Modern Languages Association Annual Conference, Austin, TX.
2015 “‘Hold That Pose for Me’: FKA twigs, Synthesized Sounds, and Vibrational Collectivity,” Affect Theory Conference, Millersville, PA.
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.
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.
2014 “Blackness, Queerness, and Becoming-Woman: Lingering in the Synthesizer’s Disorienting Sonic Spaces,” New York University Performance Studies MA Final Symposium, New York, NY.
University of Texas at Austin
Main Currents in American Culture Since 1865 (Summer 2019)
Main Currents in American Culture Since 1865 (Spring 2017, Fall 2016)
Main Currents in American Culture to 1865 (Summer 2017)
Introduction to American Studies (Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014)
The United States: 1492-1865 (Spring 2015)
2014-2016 American Studies Graduate Student Committee
2015-2016 American Studies Events Committee
2016 Graduate Students-Faculty New Hire Liaison
SELECTED PUBLIC WRITING
2019 “Gimme a Beat: Janet Jackson’s Induction to the Rocky & Roll Hall of Fame is Finally Here,” Bitch Media.
2017 “In Complete Control: SZA’s Album Follows Janet Jackson’s Blueprint,” Bitch Media.
2016 “Synthesized Sounds and Fusion Friendships in Grimes and Janelle Monáe’s ‘Venus Fly,’” In Medias Res.
2016-present American Studies Association
2016-present National Women’s Studies Association
2013-present GL/Q Caucus for the Modern Languages Association
2016 Research support on Queer Genius, a documentary by Catherine Pancake.