Lee Kimura Tyson

Visiting Lecturer


Lee Kimura Tyson holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from Cornell University, with a minor focus in LGBT Studies, and an M.M. in Musicology from the University of Texas at Austin, with a Portfolio in Women's and Gender Studies. Their research on popular music in U.S. and online contexts focuses on the roles of music, voice, and digital media in formations of gender, race, and authenticity, particularly concerning trans and non-binary vocal expression. Tyson has presented their work at annual meetings for the American Musicological Society, American Anthropological Association, Society for Ethnomusicology, International Association for the Study of Popular Music--U.S. Chapter, and the Northeast Modern Language Association. Their research on experimental pop artist SOPHIE received the David Sanjek Award from IASPM-U.S.

Tyson's others research interests include undergraduate writing pedagogies. Their music-centric guide to writing style won the Knight Award for Writing Exercises and Handouts from the John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines. At Cornell, Tyson teaches First-Year Writing Seminars on queer popular music and listening.