Dr. Kyra Gaunt, Ph.D.

New York City

Recent publications:

• YouTube and Bad Bitches: Hip Hop's Seduction Of Girls and The Distortion Of Participatory Culture, OUP 2015

YouTube, Twerking & You:Context Collapse and the Handheld Co-Presence of Black Girls and Miley Cyrus, JPMS (September 2015).

The Games Black Girls Play from Double-Dutch to Hip-Hop(NYUP), 2007 Alan Merriam Book Prize from Society for Ethnomusicology.

• Inaugural TED Fellow
• Ford Foundation Senior Fellow
• NEH Fellow
• Shorty Award Finalist for Nokia's Special "Connecting People" for Microblogging

For over 20 years, Dr. Gaunt has examined the socialization of race, gender and the body through black girls' musical play and the gender stratification of power in hip-hop contexts. She is currently examining ethical and participatory dilemmas facing marginalized groups like black girls in the blurred publicity/privacy of YouTube. She is also a certified social media expert; testifying in federal court on issues concerning reputation and impression management. Gaunt is a classically-trained singer, singer-songwriter, jazz vocalist; one of 40 inaugural TED Fellows; and a senior Ford Fellow. Studies: music, play, race, girls/women, gender/sexuality, and new media ecologies

• Publications accessible via http://academic.edu

  • Work
    • Baruch College-CUNY
    • NYU
    • University of Virginia
    • Tufts University
  • Education
    • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    • SUNY Binghamton
    • The American University