I am a writer, music nerd, and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Texas at Austin. In my doctoral work, I investigate how sound, affect, and vibration worked as mediators for the formation of racial, gender, and sexual identity for mid-1980s black American pop stars who were early adapters of digital synthesizer and drum machine music technologies and their audiences. My research is motivated by a desire to deeply study the points of reference for the ongoing 80s resurgence in indie pop. I further explore the relationship between sound and identity in a more contemporary—and personal—context on this blog. I take as points of entry shows I’ve attended or new releases to which I’m listening, combining insights from queer, black, sound, and affect studies with queer and feminist lived experience. I write from a place of love for music and commitment to social and cultural change.
To see/hear what I’m musically digging, check out my last.fm page!