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April 2019 Ethnomusicology Student of the Month
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Blair Black
University of California, Los Angeles

Concentration of Study: Identity and representational politics, electronic dance music, African American Music, popular music, resistance narratives

Expected Graduation Date: June 2022

Biography: Blair Black is a PhD student in ethnomusicology at UCLA. Her current work focuses on identity and representational politics within electronic dance music. In particular, she works alongside artists and DJs of color in queer nightlife collectives to better understand what strategies they employ today in order to navigate the music industry. An Eugene V. Cota-Robles fellow, Blair seeks to create a dialogue between academia and the community by acting as a resource liaison to the collectives she works with. Furthering her commitment to collaboration while exploring her interest in archiving, she works with the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at University of Southern California processes collections. Lastly Blair is also an active member within her department as the secretary for the Ethnomusicology Graduate Student Organization and as an column editor for the graduate student run publication Ethnomusicology Review.

Honors & Awards:

  • Recipient, Eugene V. Cota-Robles
  • Awarded, Herb Alpert School of Music Scholarship
  • Awarded, Jorge Estrada Summer Research Travel Fund  

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