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Lee Kimura Tyson is a Ph.D. candidate in musicology and a Sage Graduate Diversity Fellow. Their primary focus is on queer musical performativities in U.S. popular music of the late-twentieth and early-twenty-first centuries, with particular interests in transgender studies, theories of the voice, and hip-hop. Lee's dissertation project brings these interests together to examine transgender singing voices, from hip-hop artists such as Mykki Blanco to amateur singers on YouTube, to understand how transgender identities and bodies are sonically constituted through technologies of the voice and through musical genre. This work engages queer and critical race theories; performance and media studies; and digital ethnography. Lee's work has recently been supported by the Cornell American Studies Program.
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies Program