The Department of Music is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Lauron Kehrer to the faculty beginning in August. Kehrer received her PhD in Musicology from the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester). She holds an MA in Ethnomusicology from Eastman and a Graduate Certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies from the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. She also holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance and an undergraduate specialization in Women, Gender, and Social Justice from Michigan State University. Her dissertation, “Beyond Beyoncé: Intersections of Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Contemporary American Hip-Hop ca. 2010-2016,” was recognized with a 2017 Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Dissertation Award. She was the recipient of the 2016 Adrienne Fried Block Fellowship from the Society for American Music, which, along with a Glenn Watkins Travelling Fellowship from Eastman, funded her fieldwork in New Orleans during the summer of 2016. Her work has appeared in the journal American Music, the Journal of the Society for American Music, and the website, Inside Higher Ed.
Kehrer will teach courses in American Popular Music, Western Classical Music, and courses relating to her specific research interests in race, gender, sexuality, and women’s studies.