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Kevin Schwandt

kevin.schwandt@mcnallysmith.edu

Kevin Schwandt

Kevin is a musicologist, writer, editor, DJ, and composer living in the city of West Saint Paul, MN. He received a PhD in musicology from the University of Minnesota in 2010. He also holds an MM in composition from the University of Massachusetts—Amherst and a BA in music and English from Hamline University. His research focuses on expressions and transformations of race, gender, and sexuality in contemporary popular culture. Specifically, he has written and published works exploring reparative and revisionist perspectives on traditional and “classical” cultural histories, as well as convolutions of “authentic” and “synthetic” musical identities, as enacted by pop, rock, and hip hop songwriters and performers. His research and writing has ranged from approaches to independent queer punk to transformations of drag house culture to uses of the Western art music canon in the work of contemporary alternative and art folk musicians, as well as the role of disability studies in music scholarship. He is currently writing a memoir exploring the contradictions and frustrations of being a gay club and wedding DJ in an era of politicization of same sex relationships.

Kevin has taught music history, composition, music theory, writing, and cultural studies in a variety of roles in a variety of institutions, including Saint Catherine University, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Saint Thomas. In addition to teaching music history and cultural studies, he is an academic editor at Walden University, working with PhD, EdD, and DBA candidates as they compose their capstone projects.