I am a Ph.D. student in Ethnomusicology. I am a proud first-generation college student and a Ronald. E McNair Scholar who loves doing research. My primary research interest concerns how power is legitimized through the arts and how musicians and activists use sound to resist social stratification and inequality.
My previous research interests include social stratification, urban sociology, sociology of culture, and the sociology of music. I received my B.A. with honors in Sociology at the University of Northern Colorado. My 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’. My research as a McNair scholar used secondary data and statistical analysis to examined 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. In 2017, I graduated from the Univerity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Master’s in Sociology.