From blackface minstrelsy to the Broadway stage, from punk rock to the VMAs, American popular music, both live and recorded, has long been one of the most prominent and public sites of racialization, discrimination, and their contestation at home and around the world. The RPM initiative brings together scholars and artists at Washington University in St. Louis and beyond to explore the intersection of race and popular music. We stage public lectures, conversations, and online interviews among musicologists, cultural historians, and scholars of media, theater and performance. At stake are not only our diverse interdisciplinary approaches but the very meanings we ascribe to performances themselves.
Head of Musicology
Associate Professor, Ethnomusicology
Assistant Professor, Performing Arts
Program Initiatives Liaison
Administrative Coordinator, American Culture Studies