Matthew D. Morrison, Assistant Professor of Music, NYU Tisch School of the Arts; 2018-2019 Hutchins Fellow, W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute, Harvard University. His research explores race and performance, and is working on a book titled Blacksound: Making Race and Identity in American Popular Music.
Ebonie Smith, music producer, audio engineer and singer-songwriter; founder and president of Gender Amplified, a nonprofit organization that celebrates and supports women and girls in music production. Smith is an alumna of Barnard College, Columbia University, and New York University.
Sondra Woodruff, Columbia School of General Studies ’19; Vice President for Campus Life at Columbia. Composer, guitarist, singer, songwriter, and recording artist.
Seth Cluett, Adjunct Assistant Professor and Acting Director of the Computer Music Center at Columbia. Composer and visual artist.
Rachel Devorah, Informationist, Berklee College of Music; 2018-2019 Adrian Piper Foundation Fellow. Sound artist and feminist technologist.
Lucie Vágnerová, music historian; Core Lecturer in Music Humanities at Columbia University. Her research explores issues of gender, labor, and technology in American electronic music, J-pop, hip-hop, and the transnational electronics industry. She has presented her work at a number of cross-disciplinary conferences and served on the editorial board of Current Musicology and as Assistant Editor of Women & Music. She has taught courses on sound art, technology in music, the Western classical tradition, and non-Western musical practices.
Co-Director, Founder of the Daughters initiative
Ellie M. Hisama, music theorist and musicologist; Professor of Music and Executive Committee, Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Columbia University. Author of Gendering Musical Modernism and co-editor of Ruth Crawford Seeger’s Worlds and Critical Minded, Hisama works on twentieth- and twenty-first-century music, American music, popular music, gender and feminist studies, critical studies of music and race, and the social and political roles of music.
Graduate Student Coordinators
Laina Dawes, PhD student in ethnomusicology, Columbia University; music and cultural critic. Author of What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal, Dawes publishes in popular media, including the Toronto Star, Spin, and The Wire UK. She has worked in public-oriented feminist activism focused on black women and girls in music and culture, and co-organized, at the New School, Women CLAP BACK, an event that brings together women who move in alternative spheres of the arts.
Finola Merivale, DMA student in composition, Columbia University; composer and pianist. Merivale is a founder of the the #HearAllComposers movement, a social media campaign designed to bring attention to issues of gender, race, and socio-economic inequity in the new music world by encouraging inclusion and diversity in concert programming.