I am PhD student in Ethnomusicology. My primary research interest is focused on music of the Afro-Brazilian martial art, capoeira. My time spent as a practitioner of capoeira heavily informs my scholarship. A recent paper given at the 2013 Society for Ethnomusicology Conference entitled, “Lift Up Your Skirt!: Race, Gender, and the Sexualization of Women in Capoeira Song,” discusses intersections of race, gender, and class within the capoeira community, which will be the primary focus for my dissertation. Other areas of interest include: gender politics, music of the African diaspora, music and technology, as well as music and material culture.