Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5434 USA
- Ph.D., Musicology, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
- M.A., Ethnomusicology, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
- B.M., Flute Performance, Michigan State University
Dr. Lauron Kehrer is one of our Assistant Professors of Musicology. Before joining us here at WMU, Dr. Kehrer taught for two years as Assistant Professor of Music at the College of William & Mary. She earned her Ph.D. in Musicology from the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, where she also completed an MA in Ethnomusicology and a Graduate Certificate from the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Her current book project, Queer Voices in Hip-Hop: Cultures, Communities, and Contemporary Performance (under contract with the University of Michigan Press, Tracking Pop series) examines the work of queer and trans artists of color in hip-hop. She has published articles on queer identity and women’s music, white rapper Macklemore, and Beyoncé in the journals American Music, the Journal of the Society for American Music, and Popular Music and Society, respectively. Her research focuses on the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality in American popular music, especially hip-hop. At WMU she teaches courses in popular music, hip-hop, world music, and Western art music.