Katelyn Hearfield

Graduate Associate
Second-floor Leidy and Brooks

Hi, I’m Katelyn, a second-year PhD student in the Music Department. This will be my second year as a GA in Fisher, and I’m so looking forward to getting to know another great group of residents. Last year, I was the GA for the Music and Social Change program, and I am hoping to maintain a close relationship to the residential program along with my own hall.

My musicological research focuses on issues of gender and sexuality in 20th- and 21st-century popular musics, particularly how women and queer performers challenge normative identities and present subversive messages to their audiences. I am especially interested in how violence is depicted in music narratives as well as how music itself can be literally and figuratively violent. Projects have ranged from the development of feminine identity in World War II popular song to narratives of female-perpetrated domestic violence in country music. I’ve presented at conferences internationally and hope to continue to share my interests through MASC and with residents in general. I’ll be doing a lot of studying, so my door will always be open to anyone who wants to share a quiet space for reading and writing (and of course for anyone who just wants to chat)!

I’m originally from Inwood, New York, and have also lived in Baltimore and Chicago. I hold a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Geneseo and Master of Music from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. I was a vocal performance major in undergrad, so I love to sing. I also enjoy reading, drawing, writing, dancing, sleeping, and eating.