I am an ethnographer who analyzes popular music, digital worlds, and listening norms. I’ve sketched out a history of popular music pantomime. I’ve theorized reaction videos. And I’ve worked to confront disability stigma and expand definitions of protest music. These days, I’m working on my book manuscript, Spectacular Listening, an analysis of cultural practices that treat listening as an expressive act. I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Emory University in the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry. I spend my spare time exploring haptic listening communities, while thinking about livestreaming musicians.

byrd.mcdaniel [at] gmail.com