University of Pittsburgh
Department of Music
110 Music Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Ph.D. Candidate in Ethnomusicology, Department of Music, University of Pittsburgh, 2017-present.
M.A. Department of Music, University of Pittsburgh, 2016. Master’s Thesis: Gospel Mime: Anointed Ministry, Afrocentrism, and Gender in Black Gospel Performance.
B.A. cum laude, Cultural Studies, Columbia College Chicago, 2011.
Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellow, Department of Music, University of Pittsburgh, 2018-2019.
Teaching Assistant, Department of Music, University of Pittsburgh, 2015-present.
Teaching Fellow, Department of Music, University of Pittsburgh, 2014-2015.
Teaching Assistant, Communication Department, Columbia College Chicago, 2010-2011.
2016 “Review of Anthem: Social Movements and the Sound of Solidarity in the African Diaspora, Society for American Music Bulletin, Vol. XLII, No. 3.
2019 “Interview with Lisa Fancher, Frontier Records,” Women in Sound,Vol. 6.
2016 “The Genius of Betty Davis,” Women in Sound, Vol. 3.
AWARDS AND HONORS
2018 Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship for 2018-2019, University of Pittsburgh.
2014 Arts and Sciences Fellowship for 2014-2015, University of Pittsburgh.
2011 LAS Dean’s Award for Outstanding B.A. Thesis in Cultural Studies, Columbia College Chicago.
2016 “Betty Davis: A Case Study on Genre, Gender, and Race,” VIA Festival – Artist Talks & Women in SoundZine Showcase, Pittsburgh, PA, Oct 8.
2019 Moderator, “Daughters of Betty Speak.” Black Women Rock, Detroit, MI, March 17.
2018 Panelist, “Industry Women – Empowering Future Voices & Visions,” Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Center for the Arts, Pres. by Red Bull Music Academy, Pittsburgh, PA, March 3.
2016 Moderator,“Mothership: The Future is Female,” VIA Festival – Artist Talks & Women in SoundZine Showcase, Pittsburgh, PA, Oct 8.
2017 “Betty Davis and the Blues Woman Legacy.”Course: Blues Women: Women Vocalists in the Jazz and Blues Tradition, University of Pittsburgh, October 4.
2017 “Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock ‘n’ Roll.”Course: Blues Women: Women Vocalists in the Jazz and Blues Tradition, University of Pittsburgh, October 18.
2015 “Soul Power and the Political Foundation of Hip-Hip.” Course: Global Hip-Hop, University of Pittsburgh, November 12.
2015 “The Liberated Funk of Betty Davis: A Case Study on Genre, Gender and Race.” Course: Introduction to Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies, University of Pittsburgh, September 29.
2015 “Effective Strategies for Engaging Student Across Diversity Issues.” Course: Issues in American Education.” Penn State Greater Allegheny, April 20.
2019 “Reissued Funk: Reclaiming the Feminist Innovations of Betty Davis.” Presented at the Society for American Music Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA (March 21).
2016. “Gospel Mime: Performance/Praise Through Embodied Service.” Presented at the Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Conference, Washington, DC (Nov 13).
2016 “Gospel Mime: Cultivating Voice of Praise Through Embodied Service.” Presented at the EMP Museum Pop Conference – From a Whisper to a Scream: The Voice in Popular Music, Seattle, WA (April 16).
2015 “‘I Am Somebody: Teaching Power, Pride and Self-Determination Through Soul.” Presented at the Ann Arbor Symposium IV – Teaching and Learning Popular Music, School of Music, Theatre & Dance University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (Nov 19).
2015 “Soul Power: Black Popular Music as a Mobilizing Force for Radical Activism in Chicago, 1967-1973.” Presented at the Popular Music and Communities Graduate Student Conference, Center for Popular Music Studies, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH (Oct 3).
2012 Panelist, “Teaching Cultural Studies Now.” Presented at the Cultural Studies Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA (March 30).
2011 “Revolutionary Theory and the Commodification of Critical and Artistic Resistance.” Presented at the Tomorrow’s Ideas, Now conference, Kule Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada (Aug 18).
2019 “‘Don’t You Call Her No Tramp’: Reclaiming the Erotic Innovations of Betty Davis.”PUNCTUATE Feminist Lecture Series, co-sponsored by PATOIS: New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival, New Orleans, LA, March 23.
2016 “Betty Davis: A Case Study on Genre, Gender and Race.” University of Pittsburgh, May 17.
University of Pittsburgh
Introduction to World Music (Teaching Assistant): Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018.
Columbia College Chicago
Rock & Soul on the Radio – Roots (Teaching Assistant): Fall 2010.
Rock & Soul on the Radio – Contemporary (Teaching Assistant): Spring 2011.
University of Pittsburgh
Member, Search Committee for Assistant Professor of Music (2017).
Columbia College Chicago
Managing Editor, Cultural Landscapes, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL (2012).
Assistant, Conference Organizing Committee for the 2011 Cultural Studies Association Conference, Chicago, IL (2011).
CREATIVE PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Documentary Film Production
Associate Producer, Betty: They Say I’m Different, Native Voice Films, UK. (2017).
Performing Arts – Program & Event Production
Stage Manager, Mirror Butterfly: Migrant Liberation Movement Suite, New Hazlett Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA, October 11-12, 2018.
Associate Producer, Funk House Reunion Performance, Regent Square Theatre, Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Center for the Arts, Pres. by Red Bull Music Academy, Pittsburgh, PA, Mar 3, 2018
Program Consultant, Focus On Renewal, McKees Rocks, PA, 2017-present.
Event Producer, Celebrating Mary Lou Williams. Ryan Arts & Culture Center, McKees Rocks, PA, Mar 31, 2017.
Performing Arts – Administration & Education
Director, Tuition Free Rex Arts Musical Theatre Camp. Ryan Arts & Culture Center, Focus On Renewal, McKees Rocks, PA, June 11-15, 2018.
Director, Sto ‘GIRLS Rocks’ Music Camp. Ryan Arts & Culture Center, Focus On Renewal, McKees Rocks, PA, June 26-30, 2017.
Associate Director of Musical Theatre Programs, Recreational Arts, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA, 2016-present.
Teaching Artist, MGR Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA, 2013-2014.
Musical Theater Instructor, Recreational Arts, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA, 2010-present.
Artistic Instructor, Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ, 2007-present.
Music – Performance & Curation
Music Curator, Sourceress podcast, March 2019-present.
Record Curator, Tina’s Jukebox, Pittsburgh, PA, September-December, 2018.
Guest Vocalist, Afro Yaqui Music Collective, Pittsburgh, PA, 2017-present.
Guest Vocalist, The White Girls Cabaret, New York, NY, 2012-2016.
Choir Member (Alto II), Sound of America Honor Choir and Band, US & European Tour, 2005.
MEDIA APPEARANCES AND INTERVIEWS
Radio Guest, “Ever Funkin’ On,” Cityworld Radio Network, March 29, 2019.
Interviewed in Mike Shanley, “Betty: They Say I’m Different premieres at the Black Bottom Film Festival, Sun., Feb. 25.” “Music Features,” Pittsburgh City Paper, February 21, 2018. Online at: https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/betty-they-say-im-different-premieres-at-the-black-bottom-film-festival-sun-feb-25/Content?oid=6752762.
Interviewed in Andy Mulkerin, “Betty Davis: An Artist Too Bold for Her Time.” Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown(CNN), October 18, 2017. Online at: https://explorepartsunknown.com/pittsburgh/betty-davis-an-artist-too-bold-for-her-time/.
Interviewed for Margaret Welsh, “In its seventh year, the VIA Festival returns to East Liberty and finds fresh ways to facilitate conversations and community through new art, music and media,” Pittsburgh City Paper, Sept 26, 2016. Online at: https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/in-its-seventh-year-the-via-festival-returns-to-east-liberty-and-finds-fresh-ways-to-facilitate-conversations-and-community-through-new-art/Content?oid=1954922.
Advisory Board, Thomas Merton Center for Peace & Justice, Pittsburgh, PA (2012-2013).
Volunteer, Book ‘Em: Pennsylvania’s books-to-prisoners campaign, Pittsburgh, PA (2012-2013).
Volunteer, NewPeople newspaper,Pittsburgh, PA (2012-2013).
Volunteer, South Side Community Arts Center, Chicago, IL (2010).