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Michelle Habell-Pallán

Adjunct Professor, Ethnomusicology
Michelle Habell-Pallán

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Michelle Habell-Pallán is Professor in the Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies Department and an adjunct in Communication and the School of Music. Her book, Loca Motion: The Travels of Chicana and Latina Popular Culture (NYU Press) received an MLA book prize honorable mention. Her edited collection Latino/a Popular Culture (NYU Press) is widely assigned. In her role as guest curator of the award-winning bilingual traveling exhibit American Sabor:  U.S. Latinos in Popular Music, a collaboration between the University of Washington, The Experience Music Project Museum, and the Smithsonian Institution's Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), she is engaged in developing public humanities projects.  Her digital-born research includes the UW Libraries Women Who Rock: Making Scenes, Building Communities Oral History Archive, a collaborative endeavor that brings together scholars, musicians, media-makers, performers, artists, and activists to explore the role of women and popular music in the creation of cultural scenes and social justice movements in the Americas and beyond.  She is also a past recipient of the  Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Research Award as well as a Woodrow Wilson Foundation Research Award for her research and writing on gender, popular music and culture.  Her new book, Beat Migration: Sounds of Cultural Citizenship is currently in-progress.  For more on her collaborative archivista praxis see NANO:  New American Notes Online. Issue 5. Special Theme: Digital Humanities, Public Humanities @ "Women Who Rock: Making Scenes, Building Communities: Participatory Research, Community Engagement, and Archival Practice."  She is co-editor "The 1970s", a special issue published by Women Studies Quarterly (WSQ) and contributor the "1970s" companion She also participates in the Seattle Fandango Project, a collective endeavor that builds community via music skill sharing.