I am a mentor, teacher, researcher, and writer. Above all else, I am dedicated to making higher education a more equitable place. I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Emory University in the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry.

As an ethnographer who analyzes popular music, digital worlds, and listening norms, I’ve sketched out a history of popular music pantomime, worked to confront disability stigma, and traced the expanding contours of protest music. As a teacher and mentor, I’ve taught at Tufts University, University of Alabama, Brown University, and Northeastern University, where I’ve advocated for inclusive learning and innovative curriculum design. These days, I’m working on a book manuscript, Spectacular Listening, and I’m finding ways to build bridges between academic work and the global communities beyond.

byrd.mcdaniel [at] gmail.com