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Jackson Flesher (he/him/his)

Graduate Student

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M.A., Musicology/Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, McGill University, 2019
B.M., Music Education, West Virginia University, 2013
B.A., Music, West Virginia University, 2013

In addition to being an ethno/musicologist, Jack is completing Graduate Certificates in both Ethics and Public Scholarship. His research interests primarily surround two areas: 1.) ethical and mutually-beneficial community-based research praxes in ethno/musicology and 2.) affect, emotion, and trauma and the cultural-political work that they do in and through music. In these areas, his work has mostly been focused on two particular topic areas within music studies: queer and feminist popular musics and more recently children's musical cultures. In addition to his MA thesis on Amanda Palmer and The Dresden Dolls, he has presented his work on Lady Gaga’s performance of trauma narratives both regionally and nationally and will present his work on Janelle Monáe’s afrofuturist, affective-political performances at the Society for American Music (SAM) conference in Spring 2020. More recently, he has completed an ethnographic project with local artists in the QTPOC DIY Seattle scene and is an active participant and research partner in a Brazilian Maracatu group based in Seattle. Before returning to graduate school, he spent three years teaching K-5 General Music and Choir and loved it. He is a firm believer that everyone is capable of making music.

Alongside his education and career goals, he is a local drag enthusiast, a tea fanatic, and lover of the great outdoors. He strongly recommends that you listen to Missy Elliott’s newest EP Iconology (2019) and Orville Peck’s album Pony (2019) at your earliest convenience if you are able.