Alex Pasqualini is a current Ph.D. student in Music & Sound Studies. Their research is focused on the intersections of popular music, activism, and queer community building, with a recent focus on the 1990s queer-feminist-punk music of riot grrrl and queercore. Coming from Southwestern Ontario, Alex completed their bachelor’s degree in music at the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Arts in Musicology with the collaborative Sexual Diversity Studies program from the University of Toronto. They have been the recipient of several major academic awards, such as the SSHRC CGS-M Fellowship from the Government of Canada and an invitation to present at The Undergraduate Awards Global Summit in Dublin, Ireland.
Alex’s passion for fostering queer belonging is reflected elsewhere in their work at Cornell such as in the role of Community Engagement Coordinator of Trans Empowerment Programming at the LGBT Resource Center, involvement with the Intergroup Dialogue Project, and as event coordinator for both the Music Graduate Association and the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies graduate community.