Daniel studies American popular music, singing, race, and performance. In his dissertation, he examines how scholastic a cappella groups constitute various kinds of communities and the role of race in that process. Daniel's research connects voice and sound studies, critical race and whiteness studies, performance studies, and ethnographic methods. Other interests include musical theater, American vernacular vocal harmony, Anglo-American concert music, and music history pedagogy. In 2018, he co-convened Broadway Bodies, an interdisciplinary conference on the American musical in embodied performance. Daniel has presented papers at national and regional Society for Ethnomusicology meetings, Feminist Theory in Music, and graduate student conferences. He is also an editorial assistant for the quarterly, peer-reviewed journal American Music.
“Whiteness as Vocal Aesthetics: An Examination of Judging Practices in Collegiate A Cappella Competitions”
Society for Ethnomusicology, Bloomington, IN
“Organizing Coalitions through Song: Bernice Johnson Reagon, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and Ella Baker’s Legacy”
Feminist Theory in Music, Boston, MA
“A Call to Riff: Examining the Interaction between Ethnomusicology and Interdisciplinarity”
Midwest Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Bloomington, IN