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I am a doctoral candidate in ethnomusicology at Brown University with master’s degrees in American studies (University of Alabama) and ethnomusicology (Brown University).

IMG_8824 2My research and teaching interests include United States culture and politics, popular music reception, sound studies, digital media, and disability. I am particularly interested in gestures, listening norms, and bodily interactions with music playback devices.

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

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

byrd@brown.edu