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

I currently work as Assistant Director of Student Development in the Graduate School at Brown University. My work bolsters graduate student success through initiatives that complement their formal graduate programs. This work includes Mellon-funded Open Graduate Education, Community Fellows, Research Matters, and many other opportunities that help students gain critical skills that increase their professional possibilities.

As a researcher, I have managed large-scale research projects, such as the sustainability-focused Hyundai Research Collaborative at Rhode Island School of Design, which brought together designers, artists, architects, biologists, technologists, and thought leaders in private industry and academia. I regularly write and publish work on popular music, listening, and disability justice. I am currently completing a monograph called Spectacular Listening, which is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

I have been a teacher and mentor at many schools—Tufts University, Brown University, Northeastern University, Emory University, and the University of Alabama. I enjoy helping students connect their lived experiences with broader patterns, in order to help them gain perspectives, tools, and strategies for navigating complex realities. I also enjoy teaching for the ways that it helps me continue to learn.

In my spare time, I am typically discovering the joys of gardening or exploring kayaking routes in Rhode Island. I’m a voracious political 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