Alex Blue V.

Thurgood Marshall Fellow

Alex Blue V is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Ethnomusicology department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His dissertation is an ethnographic study of hip-hop in contemporary Detroit, Michigan, that explores numerous ways the creation, performance, and consumption of hip-hop is used for identity formation in a rapidly-changing city. He argues that as space and place in Detroit are constantly restructured and recoded, people use hip-hop to craft new epistemologies of the city, and to maintain a sense of Detroit identity through aesthetics and sound. He served as a Fellow in the 2018-19 Ithaca College Predoctoral Diversity Scholars Program, and has received a number of grants and fellowships in support of his research. Alex holds a Master's in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas, and a Bachelor's in Trombone Performance from Texas Tech University.


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