Ever Reyes (Rarámuri descent/Chicanx) is a proud first-generation college student and a Ronald. E McNair Scholar. His primary research interest is how Indigenous musicians and activists in the Americas use sound to challenge settler-colonial borders around race, identity, nationality, gender, and sexuality. He is also studying Nahuatl and part of the Indigenous language revitalization designated emphasis at UC Berkeley.
Ever’s previous research interests include social stratification, sociology of culture, and the sociology of music. He received his B.A. (Cum Laude with Honors) in Sociology at the University of Northern Colorado. His honor’s thesis, “Underground Music: A Qualitative Study of Free Jazz,” was a Bourdieusian analysis of how free jazz musicians negotiated symbolic violence through ‘noise-making.’ His research as a McNair scholar used secondary data and statistical analysis to examine the role capitalism and redlining played in creating unequal access to music education and resources such as musical instrument stores in Chicago, IL, and New York City, NY. Ever graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Master’s in Sociology in 2019. He is currently a Ph.D. student in Ethnomusicology at the University of California Berkeley.