teaching and speaking

Teaching

I teach courses on histories of music, gender, and culture; and writing and research methodology courses.  At the UCLA Center for the Study of Women, I launched and run a research mentorship program for undergraduate students, introducing them to the basics of feminist research.

Past courses taught at the UCLA Department of Musicology include:

Music and Gender
History of the Music Business
Music Industry Introductory Seminar
Music History Capstone Seminar: Writing the Senior Thesis
Motown and Soul: African-American Popular Music in the 1960s
Gay and Lesbian Perspectives in Popular Music
History of Rock and Roll
The 1960s Girl Group Sound

Past courses taught for the UCLA Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (for students aged 50+) include:

Beyond the Beatles: 1960s British Pop
MTV and the 1980s Music Video Revolution
Women Composers, from the Middle Ages to the Present
Women in American Popular Music, from the 1900s to the 1960s
Motown, Soul, and the Music of the Civil Rights Movement
Defining Roles: Great Singers and the History of Opera
From Tin Pan Alley to iTunes: A Social History of the Music Business

Talks and Presentations

“Liverpool Lullabies: Cilla Black, Gendered Authenticities, and the Scouse Industry.” Annual meeting of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music US Branch,Vanderbilt University, March 2018.

“Here Come the Girls: Nostalgia, Resilience, and the Politics of Pop History.” Experience Music Project Pop Conference, April 2017.

“Public Scholarship as Social Justice: Dis/Ability and Accessible Writing,” workshop co-organized and presented with Felicia Miyakawa. Joint meeting of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music US and Canada branches, Calgary, May 2016.

“Madonna’s Vocal Voguing.” Part of “Margins in the Flesh: a Panel on Voice, Memory, and Temporality in Madonna’s ‘Vogue.’” Annual meeting of the Society for American Music, Boston, 2016.

“Voice of the Earthquake: Nature, Artifice, Power, and Yma Sumac’s ‘Tumpa.’” Feminist Theory and Music 13, University of Wisconsin, Madison, August 2015.

Guest lecturer, “Gender Roles, Musical Roles, and 1940s-1950s Rhythm and Blues,” Towson University, March 2015.

“Please don’t worry, this is the space age: Adventures in the B-52s’ Queer Retro-Future.” Annual meeting of the Association for Theater in Higher Education, Montreal, August 2015.

“My Boy Lollipop, Migration, and Millie Small’s Voice.” Experience Music Project Pop Conference, Seattle, April 2014.

“The Lads from Liverpool meet Jamaica’s Lollipop Girl: Millie Small on Around the Beatles, 1964.” Annual meeting of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music US Branch, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, March 2014.

Panelist, “Dancing With Miley: Critical Perspectives on Miley Cyrus.” UCLA Cultural Affairs Commission, November 2013.

“It’s Millie Small, the Blue Beat Girl: Voice, Girlhood, and ‘My Boy Lollipop.’” Feminist Theory and Music 12, Hamilton College, August 2013.

“The Ballad of Lulu and Marianne: Youth and Voice in the 1960s.” Annual meeting of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music US Branch, University of Texas, Austin, February 2013.

“Beat Girls and Dollybirds: Envoicing Swinging London.” Sounds of the City: Experience Music Project/International Association for the Study of Popular Music Joint Conference, New York University, March 2012.

“I Can Never Go Home Anymore: Girlhood and nostalgia in the music of the Shangri-Las.” Feminist Theory and Music 11, Arizona State University, September 2011.

Panelist, “Lady Gaga, Pop Culture, and Representations of Sexualities.” California State University Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities, May 2011.

“There’s No Other Superstar: On Lady Gaga, Disability, and the Technology of Stardom.” Experience Music Project Pop Conference, Seattle, WA, May 2010.

“Blues, Body, and Punk Politics:  On Beth Ditto, Voice, and Abjection.”  Feminist Theory and Music 10, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, May 2009.