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Kyra D. Gaunt, Ph.D.


Prize-winning author. Performing Artist. Professor.


Kyra Gaunt has been a cutting-edge scholar in the field of embodied ethnomusicology for over 20 years. Her book The Games Black Girls Play: Learning the Ropes from Double-Dutch to Hip-Hop (NYU Press), funded by NEH and the Ford Foundation, which won the 2007 Alan Merriam Prize for most outstanding monograph from The Society of Ethnomusicology, along with her subsequent publications contributed to the emergence of hip-hop music studies, black girlhood studies, and hip-hop feminism. Her current research explores the intersections of music, tech, and violence against girls in case studies of tween twerking on YouTube.



University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Ph.D. Musicology 1997. #goblue

State University of New York-Binghamton, M.M. Voice, 1988

The American University, Washington, D.C., B.A. Voice, 1984

Montgomery Community College, Rockville, MD., A.A. Voice, 1981


2017 - present   University at Albany, SUNY

2011 - 2017        Baruch College, CUNY

2016 - 2017        Hunter College, CUNY

2002 - 2006      New York University 

1996 - 2002       University of Virginia

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