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I am a researcher, educator, writer, producer, vocalist and DJ currently living in my hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I am a PhD Candidate in Ethnomusicology at The University of Pittsburgh. My research interests include African American popular music (specifically soul and funk), women in music history, music and media industry politics, and collecting, curating and archival practices. My forthcoming dissertation uses in-depth ethnograpy with 1970s funk musician Betty Davis to critically examine how the music and lives of artists are disseminated through the collecting and curation process of reissued recordings. In 2015 I became the Associate Producer of Betty - They Say I'm Different (Native Voice Films, 2017), a documentary about Pittsburgh pioneering funk musician Betty Davis. The film premiered in Amsterdam at IDFA in November of 2017 and had its US premier in Pittsburgh in 2018. I continue to travel with the film and produce events, such as panels and symposiums on women in media/music industry, as well as DJ dance parties. I act as the in-house ethnomusicologist and music curator for Sourceress, a podcast about demystifying supply chains through conversations with people who are approaching sourcing in innovative ways. I have over a decade of teaching experience with all age groups in a diverse range of learning environments and socioeconomic backgrounds.  From non-profits to college classrooms, my teaching is inspired by the intersection of performance, history and community.  I have been collecting records for the last thirteen years and enjoy curating and DJing in my spare time under the moniker Sauce Queen. I am a vocalist who has performed with the Afro Yaqui Music Collective, Truth and Rites and Brittney Chantele. Most recently, I sang lead vocals on the first new song written and produced by Betty Davis in forty years. As a creative team, Davis and I released “A Little Bit Hot Tonight”—a sultry pop-hybrid of soul, blues, Latin and jazz—on July 22nd, 2019. All proceeds from the song go to the Betty Davis Scholarship, an annual award for a graduating senior who is pursuing music at Steel Valley High School (Ms. Davis’s alma mater).