I currently work as a Project Manager for the Hyundai Research Collaborative at the Rhode Island School of Design. This work brings together designers, artists, architects, biologists, musicians, and industry professionals from around the world. We work collectively to explore topics like sustainability, biomimicry, and bio-inspired design—basically ways that humans can learn from nature and act with accountability to all living systems.

In the past, I have been a teacher, researcher, and mentor. I was a faculty member at Tufts and Northeastern, and I worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Emory University, where I taught public-facing educational programming centered around the creative act of listening. I have completed a Ph.D. in music from Brown University, during which I examined intersections between digital cultures, popular music, and disability justice.

These days my research revolves around sound studies, media studies, and disability studies. My peer-reviewed academic articles appear in major journals, and I am currently completing a monograph called Spectacular Listening, which is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. I have also written for non-academic audiences in popular outlets, including the Boston Review, Sounding Out!, and Washington Post.

byrd.mcdaniel [at] gmail.com