Kyra D. Gaunt

Kyra D. Gaunt

Assistant Professor
Department of Music & Theatre
Department of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Department of Sociology
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Black feminist digital ethnomusicologist | Writer | Prize-Winning Author | 2022 TED speaker | Legal Consultant

Kyra Gaunt stands on a darkly lit stage next to red letters that read TED

Assistant Professor Kyra D. Gaunt, Ph.D. is a cutting-edge scholar in digital and embodied ethnomusicology specializing in Black music studies, Black girlhood studies, and hip-hop feminism. She joined the faculty at UAlbany in 2017 and is an associate faculty member in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and an affiliate member of the Department of Sociology.

An esteemed ethnomusicologist, her scholarship continues to make waves in arts and culture with her 2007 Merriam prize-winning book, "The Games Black Girls Play: Learning the Ropes from Double-Dutch to Hip-Hop."

In 2015, it was a catalyst for choreographer Camille A. Brown and Dancers' Bessie Award-nominated performance, "BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play." In 2020, the New York Times Parenting Section commissioned "The Magic of Black Girls Play," which was selected as Editor's Pick of the Day.

In 2023, she was featured in the 2023 Oscar-nominated documentary short, "Black Girls Play: A Story of Hand Games" directed by Rada Studio, produced by ESPN, which was a category winner at the 2023 Tribeca Film Festival.



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