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I am a researcher, teacher, mentor, and strategist.

I currently manage the Hyundai Research Collaborative at the Rhode Island School of Design. This work brings together designers, artists, architects, biologists, musicians, technologists, thought leaders, and industry professionals from around the world. Our work offers a transformative model of experiential education, as we create critical conversations across industry and academia.

I have designed and taught many courses about music, technology, and culture. Over the past ten years, I have taught at Tufts University, Brown University, Northeastern University, and the University of Alabama. I also worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Emory University, where I conducted research and designed public-facing educational programming about the creative act of listening.

I am currently completing a monograph called Spectacular Listening, which is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. The work examines digital cultures, popular music, and disability justice.

In my spare time, I am learning how to garden, managing an experimental assembly of okra, cherries, eggplant, paprika, and tomatoes. I’m a voracious podcast consumer and an aspiring cook. And I love long walks with big headphones, which gives me the opportunity to listen to music across genres, times, and places.

byrd.mcdaniel [at] gmail.com