I am an ethnographer of music and media, and I spend time thinking about gestures, listening norms, and bodily interactions with playback devices.

Starting in the fall of 2019, I will be a Visiting Assistant Professor at Northeastern University.

I have a PhD in ethnomusicology (Brown University) and master’s degrees in American studies (University of Alabama) and ethnomusicology (Brown University).

ByrdMy research and teaching interests include United States culture and politics, popular music reception, sound studies, digital media, trans-Pacific popular culture, and disability.

My recent work appears in Ethnomusicology and American Quarterly, and I have an upcoming co-authored article appearing in Disability Studies Quarterly. I have taught at Brown University, Tufts University, and the University of Alabama.

I’m a karaoke enthusiast and working on my air guitar skills.

byrd.mcdaniel [at] gmail.com