Baruch College music professor Kyra D. Gaunt’s book, The Games Black Girls Play: Learning the Ropes from Double Dutch to Hip-Hop (NYU Press, 2006), was nominated for the 2007 American Musicological Society’s Lewis Lockwood Award for outstanding musicological book.
Gaunt is an ethnomusicologist and an associate professor of music jointly appointed in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology in Baruch’s Weissman School of Arts and Sciences. Her classroom and research interests focus on the impact of race, gender, music culture, and musical entrepreneurialism. Her latest fieldwork and research focus on interactions between musicians from Mali, Senegal, Niger, and Guinea-Bissau and their African-American audience in a historic Harlem jazz venue known as St. Nick’s Pub.
Each year, the Lewis Lockwood Award honors a musicological book of exceptional merit published during the previous year in any language by a scholar in the early stages of his or her career.
Professor Gaunt has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Ford Foundation and serves as a consultant for PBS’s Zoom and the Daytime Emmy—winning children’s program Between the Lions. She is a member of the Society for Ethnomusicology, where she founded and leads an initiative called the Crossroads Project: The Committee on Diversity, Difference and Under-Representation.
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