Alisha Jones

"We Are A Peculiar People": Musical Masculinities, Black Queer Identity and Gendered Gospel Performance

During my Martin Marty Junior Fellowship year, I plan to complete my dissertation  on black men’s performance of gender and sexuality in gospel music, within the ethnomusicology program of the music department. Given the present theo-political climate in Pentecostal Christian traditions, with regard to gender and sexuality, I would like to make sure that theologians and scholars in religious studies are among my conversation partners. In addition, I will simultaneously hold the Stuart Tave Teaching fellowship. I look forward to being a Martin Marty fellow because I will solidly continue the thread of religious scholarship that I began at Yale divinity school and infuse current discourses into my spring 2014 Stuart Tave course on Music and Mysticism. I have esteemed the Martin Marty legacy and count it an honor to think with other scholars who, like me, are thinking critically about the ways in which their scholarship will have broader impact in the world.

Ethnomusicology and History of Music, Department of Music (Humanities)