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I am a higher ed professional with experience as an administrator, researcher, teacher, mentor, and program builder.

I will soon begin a new position as Assistant Director of Student Development in the Graduate School at Brown University. My work will involve a range of programming that bolsters graduate student success, including the Mellon-funded Open Graduate Education, Effective Performance, Community Fellows, and other programs and initiatives that help students build critical skills that complement their formal graduate requirements.

In my previous position, I managed the Hyundai Research Collaborative at the Rhode Island School of Design. This work brought together designers, artists, architects, biologists, musicians, technologists, and thought leaders from around the world, creating valuable conversations about sustainability 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 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, building on nearly a decade of research on musical listening.

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 headphones, which gives me the opportunity to listen to music across genres, times, and places.

byrd.mcdaniel [at] gmail.com