Education

New York University, M.A./Ph.D Program, Ethnomusicology, May 2009
University of Georgia, M.M., Music Literature, May 1999
Columbus State University, B.M., Horn Performance, May 1996

Dissertation: “The Wrong Place for the Right People? Café Society, Gender and Jazz 1938-1947.”

Dissertation Committee
Advisor: Suzanne Cusick
Committee: Gage Averill, Kyra Gaunt, Robin Kelley, external reader: Maureen Mahon

Professional History

Independent scholar, writer, and consultant

Executive Director, Center for Black Music Research, Columbia College Chicago 2009-2015
Interim Executive Director, Center for Black Music Research, Columbia College Chicago 2007-2009
Associated Consultant, David Bury and Associates 2007
Development Assistant for Individual Giving, American Music Center 2006
Managing Editor, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 2005-2007
Adjunct Professor of Music, Honors College, Hofstra University 2004
Librarian, Yale Summer School of Music, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival 1999
Adjunct Professor of Music, Morris Brown College 1997-2000
Horn, Avolante Wind Quintet, Atlanta Georgia 1996-2000

Publications

2016

Forty Years of Fellowships: A Study of Orchestra’s Efforts to Include African American and Latino Musicians, co-authored with Nick Rabkin, lead, reMaking Culture. Commissioned by the League of American Orchestras. forthcoming, summer 2016.

2014

“Editor’s Introduction” and “Not One to Toot Her Own Horn(?): Melba Liston’s Oral Histories and Class Presentations, co-authored with Sherrie Tucker in Black Music Research Journal, Volume 34.1

2013

“What It Takes to Be Heard: Regina Harris Baiocchi, Dolores White, and Renee Baker” Chamber Music America Magazine, Fall.

2012

Songs in Black and Lavender: Race, Sexual Politics, and Women’s Music by Eileen M. Hayes. Review in Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture, Volume 16, 2012.

2010

“Sherrie Tucker” in Grove Dictionary of American Music second edition, Charles Hiroshi Garrett, editor. Oxford University Press (forthcoming, 2013).

2009

Café Society: The Wrong Place for the Right People by Barney Josephson with Terry Trilling-Josephson. Review in American Studies Journal 50:1, Spring 2010.

2008

This is Our Music: Free Jazz, the Sixties, and American Culture by Iain Anderson; Freedom Sounds: Civil Rights Call Out to Jazz and Africa by Ingrid Monson; The Dark Tree: Jazz and the Community Arts in Los Angeles by Steven L. Isoardi. Review in Ethnomusicology, Vol. 52, No. 3 Fall 2008.

Black Women and Music: More Than the Blues edited by Eileen M. Hayes and Linda F. Williams. Review in Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture, Volume 12, 2008.

“Lucille Bogan (Bessie Jackson)” in African American National Biography, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, eds. W.E.B. DuBois Institute, Harvard University and Oxford University Press.

“Rupaul” in African American National Biography, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, eds. W.E.B. DuBois Institute, Harvard University and Oxford University Press.

2007

“Gender, Jazz and the Popular Front” in Big Ears: Listening for Gender in Jazz Studies. Sherrie Tucker and Nichole Rustin, eds. Duke University Press.

2001

Swingin’ the Dream: Big Band Jazz and the Rebirth of American Culture by Lewis A. Erenberg. Review in Yearbook for Traditional Music, Volume 33, 2001.

Selected Talks & Presentations

2013

“Artists Make Archives Make Artists: Why We Must Move from Simple Support towards Deep Collaboration.” Invited Talk at SphinxCon: Empowering Ideas for Diversity in the Performing Arts Conference. Detroit, Michigan

“The Center for Black Music Research and Archival Authority” Paper presented as part of panel “Beyond and Beneath Disciplinarity: The Research Centerʼs Cultural Forms” at Cultural Studies Association annual meeting. Chicago Illinois.

“Chicago Blues Women.” Invited Talk. Black Arts Chicago: Moves and Movements Inaugural Conference of the Black Arts Initiative, Northwestern University. Chicago, Illinois.

2012

“Not One To Toot Her Own Horn: Melba Liston’s Oral History Solos” Paper Co-authored and presented with Sherrie Tucker. American Musicological Society, Society for Ethnomusicology, Society for Music Theory Joint Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana

“Sound, Place, and Black Music Archives.” Invited Talk. John Nicholas Brown Center for the Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage. Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

2011

“The Melba Liston Collection and the Center for Black Music Research.” Paper, American Musicological Society Annual Conference, San Francisco, California

“On Jazz Authenticity.” Paper, National Cultural Studies Association Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois

2009

“Café Society and Female Physicality,” Paper, Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Conference, Middletown, Connecticut

2008

“Gender and Cosmopolitanism in the Jazz Diaspora.” Invited Talk at Brilliant Corners: Jazz and Its Cultures Conference, The Humanities Institute at State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York.

2005

“Hazel Scott: Narratives of an American Musician.”  Invited Talk at The Future of Ethnic Studies In/As American Studies Conference at Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts.

“Hazel Scott: Narratives of an American Musician.” Invited Talk at “Improvising America” The Second KU Interdisciplinary Jazz Colloquium at Kansas University, Lawrence, Kansas.

“Starring Hazel Scott as Herself: Representations of Race and Gender in the Hollywood Films of Hazel Scott.” Paper, Music Performance, and the Racial Imagination Graduate Student Conference. New York University, New York, New York.

2004

“The Music of the Harlem Renaissance” Invited Talk at the Inaugural Event of the Harlem Townhouse, Inc. “Harlem Sundays” cultural series.

2003

“Boogie, Boogie All the Time: Mary Lou Williams at the Café Society, 1943-1949,” Talk: Feminist Theory & Music VII conference, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.

“Rhythm Nation: Janet Jackson Gets Down on the One.” Paper, The Eighties: Popular Music and Culture Conference. New York University, New York, New York.

2002

“Embraced: Mary Lou Williams, Cecil Taylor and the Politics of Black Modernism.” Invited Talk: Kool Knowledge: A Mary Lou Williams Conference. Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey.

“MeShell Ndegeocello: The Performance of Politics and Desire.” Paper, Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology Conference, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia.

2001

“Code and Inflection: The Role of Jazz in Determining Meaning in Klezmer Performances.” Paper, Local Music/Global Connections Conference. New York University, New York, New York.

Fellowships & Awards

John Nicholas Brown Center for the Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage Visiting Fellow 2012

Chicago Community Trust Fellow (Emerging Leader) 2011

Crescent Moon Award for Education; Phi Beta Sigma 2010

Chicago Defender Woman of Excellence 2009

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship 2005-2006

Patricia Dunn Lehrman Graduate Fellowship, New York University 2005-2006

Joan R. Heller Dissertation Award, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality 2005-2006

Henry M. MacCracken Fellowship, New York University 2000-2005

Dean’s Fellowship, New York University 2000-2005

Service

Chair, Society for Ethnomusicology, Archiving Special Interest Group, 2013
Irving Lowens Memorial Article Award Committee, Society for American Music, 2013
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events CityArts Grants Panel, 2013
3Arts Awards Judge, Music 2012
Program Committee, Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting 2011
3Arts Awards Nominator 2011
Panelist, Black Metropolis Research Consortium Fellowships 2010
Panelist, CityArts Cultural Grants (Music II), Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs 2009
Board of Directors, Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago 2009-2010
Council to the Board, Society for Ethnomusicology 2008-2011
Student Representative, Society for Ethnomusicology Crossroads Project on Diversity, Difference and Under-representation 2004
Member, Society for Ethnomusicology Gender and Sexualities Taskforce 2004

Professional Memberships

American Musicological Society
Center for Black Music Research
Society for Ethnomusicology
Society for American Music

Link to CV in PDF form here.