2015 Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology, University of California, Los Angeles
2011 M.A. in Ethnomusicology (high pass), University of California, Los Angeles
2007 B.A. in Comparative Arts (cum laude), Washington University in St. Louis
2004-5 L’École des Beaux-Arts de Marchutz, L’Institut Américain Universitaire, Aix-en-Provence, France

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In Press: “(Con)Figuring Hijra Music and Dance Through Documentary Filmmaking.” In Queering the Field: Sounding Out Ethnomusicology, edited by Gregory Barz and William Cheng. New York: Oxford University Press.

In Press: “From Jalsah to Jalsā: Music, Identity, and (Gender) Transitioning at a Hījṛā Rite of Initiation.” Ethnomusicology 61(2).

In Press: “Ethnomusicology and Performance Studies: Reflections on Musical Ethnography in India Across Scholarly Generations,” co-written by Pavithra Prasad. MUSICultures: Special Issue on Generational Frictions in Musical Ethnography of South Asia 44(2).

In Press: “Queer Theory.” In SAGE Encyclopedia of Ethnomusicology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

2016. “Translating Hījṛā into Transgender: Performance and Pehchān in Mumbai’s Trans-Hījṛā Communities.” In Transgender Studies Quarterly, edited by Paisley Currah and Susan Stryker. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

2016. “The Internet Guru: Online Pedagogy in Indian Classical Music Traditions.” Asian Music 47(1):103-135.

2015. “‘The ‘Dancing Queens’: Negotiating Trans-Hījṛā Identity from India’s Streets to the Global Stage.” Ethnomusicology Review 20.

2014. “Unveiling Koovagam.” World Policy Journal 31(2):91-100
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Digital Media

2016. “Mad Planet.” Ethnomusicology Review Sounding Board: Special Issue on the Pulse
, November 11, cross-published in SEM Student News 12(2).
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2016. “Music and India’s Hijra Community.” UCLA Center for the Study of Women Blog, March 21.
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2015. “Ethnomusicology of the Closet: A New Undergraduate Course Offered at UCLA.” Ethnomusicology Review Sounding Board, February 17. (Click here for the article.)

2013. “Queer Voices of Mumbai.” Godrej India Culture Lab Blog, July 8
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2012-13. “Music in Liminal Spaces.” Fulbright-mtvU Blog (14 entries)
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Dancing Queens: It’s All About Family (Director and Producer), a co-production of the Godrej India Culture Lab, 2016

Relapse (Producer), a Film Independent Project Involve Production, 2015:

Gender Talents (Editor), a Creative Capital project, 2014-15:

Music in Liminal Spaces (Director and Producer), a Fulbright-mtvU Production, 2012-2013:

Rites of Passage & Mohammed To Maya (Director and Producer), a Jeff Roy Production, 2012: