I recently graduated with first-class honours in Music at Jesus College, Oxford, and was awarded the Denis Stevens Prize in Music. Whilst studying for finals, I produced a theory-focused reworking of my second dissertation, ‘Voices That Matter: Authenticity, Identity, and Voice in the Musical Career of Lana Del Rey,’ now published in the peer-reviewed journal Nota Bene. As an undergrad, I co-founded and co-ran an Oxford-based reading group dedicated to the study of Critical Theory and Biopolitics, which was open to students from any discipline and level.
My research is primarily anthropological and sociological and explores the relations of sound, performance, and queerness. I am invested in extending my methodologies beyond ethnomusicological thinking and plan to broaden my undergraduate research projects (on UK drag performance) during the M.St. I wish to examine ‘queertopia’ (my own concept, developed from Foucault’s ‘heterotopia’) around the world, examining drag aesthetics in relation to orientation, belonging, and the politics of queerness. My other research interests range from sound studies and sound art (particularly sound walking and the fledgling field of sonic urbanism) to 18th-century French theatre and opera (namely the singing career of the drag performer Pierre Jélyotte within the milieu of the Querelle des Anciens et des Modernes).
As a self-identified and self-trained social scientist, I am grateful to be a part of Ertegun’s unutterably insightful community. Bridging the human and social sciences has always been latent in my work, and I look forward to suturing this divide whilst at Ertegun.