Kyra Gaunt, Ph.D.

Writer/Professor in New York

Kyra Gaunt, Ph.D.

Writer/Professor in New York

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For over 20 years, Dr. Gaunt has examined the socialization of race, gender and the embodied musical discourse. She currently studies social media technology -- its algorithms of oppression, its invisible audiences, and the unintended consequences of social video for marginalized groups.

Dr. Gaunt is a social media expert certified to testify in federal court as well as a classically-trained vocalist, singer-songwriter, and jazz vocalist.

• One of 40 inaugural TED Fellows
• Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow
• National Endowment for the Arts Fellow
• Shorty Award Finalist for Nokia's Special     "Connecting People" for Twitter/Facebook

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.

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