Peer Reviewed

Posthuman Rap. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.

“‘Now She Wanna Lick My Plum’: Azealia Banks and the Undoing of AntiBlackness,” Journal of Interdisciplinary Voice Studies (forthcoming 2018).

“Welcome to the Dirty South: Listening to the Politics of Southern Hip Hop in an Ecomusicological Framework,” Journal of Music History Pedagogy 8:1 (2017): 28-44.

“Azealia Banks, Seapunk and Atlantis: An Embattled Humanist Mixtape,” Shima 10:2 (2016): 81-93.

Dancing Silhouettes: The Mobile Freedom of iPod Commercials,” Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music Studies, Vol 2. Ed. Sumanth Gopinath and Jason Stanyek. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014: 311-36.

“From Barthes to Bart: The Simpsons v Amadeus,” Journal of Popular Culture, 46:3 (2013): 481-500.


Co-editor, Oxford Handbook of Hip Hop Music Studies (forthcoming 2018). With Jason Lee Oakes.

Co-editor, “Sounding Global Southernness,” special issue of Journal of Popular Music Studies 27:4 (2015). With Ali Colleen Neff.

Co-editor, Journal of Popular Music Studies 24:3 (2012). Print and Online. With Karen Tongson and Gustavus Stadler (editors-in-chief), Anthony Kwame Harrison (editorial collective), Eric Weisbard (editorial board).


“Trap,” St James Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Culture. Farmington, MI: Gale Cengage, forthcoming (2018).

Co-author, “Sounding Global Southernness,” Journal of Popular Music Studies 27:4 (2015): 381-86. With Ali Colleen Neff.

“Topologies: The Popular Music Survey and the Posthumanities,” Journal of Music History Pedagogy 5:1 (2014): 125-32.

“Audio Review Essay: The Roots’ Undun and Kanye West and Jay-Z’s Watch the Throne,” Journal of the Society for American Music 7:3 (2013): 343-47.

“Book Review: Let the World Listen Right: The Mississippi Delta Hip Hop Story. Ali Colleen Neff,” Journal of American Culture 34:3 (2011), 309-10.

“Book Review:  Music and Urban Geography. Adam Krims,” Journal of Popular Music Studies 20:2 (2008), 201-05.

Public Scholarship 

“Teach Me How to Dougie Like a Mediocre White Man,” Sounding Out! (19 February 2018).

“This Land is Drone Land,” In Media Res (31 January 2018).

“Tis the Season to be Melancholy: Sia’s Everyday Christmas,” Musicology Now (25 December 2017).

“Benefit Concerts and the Sound of Self-Care in Pop Music,” Sounding Out! (26 June 2017).

“You Got Me Feelin’ Emotions: Singing Like Mariah,” Sounding Out! (17 April 2017).

“Malcolm Gladwell’s Bad Aesthetics,” Sounding Out! (10 October 2016).

“Trap Irony: Where Aesthetics Become Politics,” Sounding Out! (27 June 2016).

“Of Resilience and Men: How Bieber, Skrillex, and Diplo Play with Gender in ‘Where AreÜ Now,'” Sounding Out! (25 January 2016).

“IASPM-US Interview Series: Justin Williams, Rhymin and Stealin,” IASPM-US (21 April 2014).

Guest Editor, “The Wobble Continuum,” Sounding Out! 23 January-20 February 2014.

“Tomahawk Chopped and Screwed: The Indeterminacy of Listening,” Sounding Out! (20 February 2014).

“Stop Making Sense: Are You Bold Enough to Reach for Love? Janelle Monae and the Gaps of Nah Nah Nah,” IASPM-US (15 May 2013).

“IASPM-US Interview Series: Mark Katz, Groove Music,” IASPM-US (30 April 2013).

“The First Time I Ever Heard: A Love Supreme,” IASPM-US (6 September 2012).

“As One with the Masses: Childish Gambino at Prospect Park,” IASPM-US (9 July 2012).

Editor, IASPM-US website, June 2011 – May 2013.

“Erykah Badu,” Musicians and Composers of the Twentieth Century. Ed. Chris Moose. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2009.

“Chuck D,” Musicians and Composers of the Twentieth Century. Ed. Chris Moose. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2009.


“Justin D Burton, PhD,” Carried in Our Hearts: The Gift of Adoption: Inspiring Stories of Families Created Across ContinentsEdited by Dr. Jane Aronson. New York: Penguin, 2013: 296-99.