Kyra Gaunt, Ph.D.

Ethnomusicologist Kyra Gaunt. Ph.D. Is the author of the award-winning, radical counter-history The Games Black Girls Play: Learning the Ropes from Double-Dutch to Hip-Hop. Her reflexive analysis revealed the hidden musicianship in marginalized girls’ embodied play. For over 20 years, she has examined black girls' play within the patriarchal, heteronormative socialization of identity, voice, and body that informs the embodied sound cultures or kinetic oralities of a musical blackness. She studies the unintended consequences of race, gender, and technology from YouTube to Wikipedia to examine musical blackness in big data and new media ecologies. The interactivity with new technologies shapes, shifts, and distorts the realities of marginalized groups in settings that deal with music online.

Senior TED Fellow 2020-2023


Albany NY



University at Albany SUNY


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