CV

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Education

2011–present
(expected 2017)
Ph.D in Ethnomusicology (anticipated)
Brown University, Providence, RI
Sc.M. in Computer Science (anticipated), expected January 2017
M.A. in Ethnomusicology, completed May 2013
Dissertation: Queer World-making and Mediation of Black Music in New York City
Advisor: Kiri Miller
Qualifying exam fields (passed with distinction): black music, Latin American popular music, digital ethnography
2007–2011
A.B. cum laude in History and Literature & Music
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Thesis: Princess Magogo Revisited: Gender, Modernity, and Nationalism in Zulu Women's Bow Song
Advisor: Kay Shelemay
Areas of focus: Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean

Publications

Johnson-Roberson, C. Review of the book Black Literate Lives: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives by M. T. Fisher. Urban Education, 45(6): 871-878, November 2010.

Selected Awards

2011
Thomas T. Hoopes Prize (for outstanding undergraduate research)
2010-2011
Leonard Bernstein Music Scholarship
2010
Fulbright-Hays Zulu Group Project Abroad Grant
2010
Harvard Committee on African Studies Summer Senior Thesis Grant

Invited Talks

2016
Emergent Research Series
University of Michigan Library, Ann Arbor, MI
Computational Analysis of Marginalized Cultural Production. February 22, 2016.
2012
Topic Modeling
Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, College Park, MD
Paper Machines: A Tool for Analyzing Large-Scale Digital Corpora (with Jo Guldi). November 3, 2012.

Conference Participation

2015
Global Digital Humanities
University of Western Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Susurrant: A Tool for Algorithmic Listening in Networked Soundscapes. July 1, 2015.
2014
Inertia: A Conference on Sound, Media, Digital Humanities
UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Algorithmic Listening in a Networked Soundscape. May 1, 2015.
2014
European Conference on Educational Research
Porto, Portugal
Exploring International Discourses about Effective Schools, Successful Schools, and School Leadership: A Topic Modeling Approach. September 4, 2014.
2014
Theorizing The Web
New York, NY
Algorithmic Regulation of Queer of Color Cultural Production. April 25, 2014.
2014
International Association for the Study of Popular Music -- US Branch
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Queer of Color Engagement with Participatory Media. March 15, 2014.
2013
Topic Modeling Workshop
Neural Information Processing Systems 2013, Stateline, NV
Temporal and Regional Variation in Rap Lyrics (with Matthew Johnson-Roberson). December 10, 2013.
2013
Society for Ethnomusicology
Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
Digital Ethnomusicology: The Affordances, Limitations, and Sociopolitical Implications of Digital Methodology (roundtable). November 14, 2013.
2013
Speaking in Code
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
An NEH-funded symposium for "30 accomplished digital humanities software developers." November 3--4, 2013.
2013
Black Queer Sexuality Studies Graduate Conference
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Black Queer Tumblr as a Space of Contact. October 19, 2013.
2013
The Non-State of Queer Theory Graduate Conference
Brown University, Providence, RI
Future Banjee: Emerging Aesthetics of Queer Black Masculinity. April 11, 2013.
2013
Comparative Literature Graduate Conference
UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Hypertextual Signifyin(g) on Rap Genius. March 14, 2013.
2013
Graduate Music Forum
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
"Living My Life in the Margins": Hip-Hop and Digital Marginalia. February 23, 2013.

Teaching Experience

2013
Instructor
Brown University
MUSC 0661 - Sacred Harp/Shape-Note Singing (Spring 2013)
2012–present
Teaching Assistant
Brown University
MUSC 0030 - History of Jazz (Spring 2016)
MUSC 1270 - Making It in the Music Business (Fall 2015)
MUSC 1920 - Music in Modern Life (Spring 2014)
MUSC 1900 - Introduction to Ethnomusicology (Fall 2013)
MUSC 0021F - Popular Music and Society in Latin America (Fall 2012)

Other Experience

2013
Google Summer of Code
Mixxx
Implementing a track suggestion feature for the open-source Mixxx DJ software, based on techniques from music information retrieval.
2012
Google Summer of Code
MetaLAB @ Harvard, Cambridge, MA
Began collaborating with historian Jo Guldi on "Paper Machines," a Zotero extension for text analysis and visualization that incorporates geoparsing and topic modeling functionality.
2011
Presidential Instructional Technology Fellow
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Developed Go!Figure, an HTML5 web application for teaching keyboard harmony.