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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.

ByrdI have a PhD in ethnomusicology (Brown University) and master’s degrees in American studies (University of Alabama) and ethnomusicology (Brown University). My interests include United States culture and politics, popular music reception, sound studies, digital media, trans-Pacific popular culture, and disability. My research has been funded by the American Folklife Center and Association for Recorded Sound Collections. 

My recent work appears in Ethnomusicology, American Quarterly, and Disability Studies Quarterly. I am currently working on two articles: one on popular music reaction videos and another on scriptive listening in music podcasts.

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