Graduate Teaching Assistant, M.A. Student

About

  • Role:

    Student
  • Position:

    • Graduate Teaching Assistant, M.A. Student
  • Department:

    • Communication Studies
  • Education:

    • B.A. Communication Studies, Latin American & Border Studies - Southwestern University
    • Brazilian Culture, Politics and History - Universidade do Sul da Santa Catarina

Biography

Hailing from Dallas, I received my bachelor's degree at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX where I had the privilege of studying abroad in Florianopolis, Brasil. During this time, I studied the Brazilian style of futebol (soccer) as a socially resistive medium through which Afrobrazilians communicated and performed historically marginalized archetypes as a means of cultural (and individual) empowerment. My primary academic interests center around how rock concerts construct and perform genre-specific ideologies and identities in a collaborative manner that impact how artists and audience members experience music. I centered my undergrad studies around the band, My Chemical Romance, and their live performance of their iconic rock opera, The Black Parade. After taking two years off, I returned to academia at CSU to further pursue this line of inquiry. Both the communal culture and the departmental structure presented the institution as an ideal place to continue this relatively non-normative academic pursuit. In the future, I hope to conduct a qualitative study on a band by going on tour and interviewing the artist(s), crew and audience members over a three month period.