I enjoy teaching interdisciplinary courses across the fields of American studies, African American studies, cultural history, and musicology.
In fall 2018, I was a Part-Time Acting Instructor in American Studies at Yale, where I taught a seminar titled “Music and Resistance in the Modern United States.” The course description:
While music is often touted as a “universal language” that generates social harmony, it also expresses dissent from and resistance to the status quo. This course asks how music works as a type of social and political resistance, and what aesthetic and formal qualities enable it to do so. We will examine the relationship between music and resistance in the twentieth- and twenty-first-century United States via an array of theoretical texts, historical examples, and sonic archives. Focusing especially (but not exclusively) on African American music and musicians, we will consider how music informs modes of resistance tied to race, class, gender, and sexuality. In addition to asking how music can resist extant arrangements of power, we will also consider the types of futures that music can imagine.