Julian Grey



Julian Grey (they/them) is a candidate in ethnomusicology. Their dissertation, titled Non-Binary Drag: A Trans* Musicology of Sensation and Interperformativity, explores gender euphoria in the musical performances of trans* and non-binary drag artists in the United States. Prior to the pandemic, they researched queer Arab identities in Palestine-Israel. They won a 2020 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad fellowship for this work but were unable to attend due to the pandemic. Julian’s work draws upon their interests in Deep Listening, the use of language, social media, and seeking joy, daily, as a trans* person in the U.S. Julian holds a B.A. in music from SUNY Stony Brook and an M.M. in Musicology (historical) from Northwestern University. Outside academia, Julian enjoys live-streaming video games, performing drag, coding in Python, and working as a professional drag and burlesque photographer.

Contact: rijsmith@umich.edu


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