Fiona Boyd

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Cohort Year: 2019
Research Interests: Intersections of race, gender, and class in North American popular musics and vernacular musics; reception and listening; performance studies; media studies; virtual performances; taste
Education: BA, Wellesley College


Fiona Boyd is a PhD student in ethnomusicology. Her current research interests center around the intersections of race, gender, and class in old-time and country music in the United States. She is working to understand the current sociopolitical moment through the lens of country music performance and reception, and questions of taste, class, politics, race (whiteness), and listening. In addition to her work on country music, Fiona is also branching into the realms of performance and media studies through an investigation of intimacy, performance space, and artist/presenter relationships in virtual shows.

Prior to her studies at UChicago, Fiona attended Wellesley College where she carried out fieldwork in North Carolina and Massachusetts for her thesis on the North Carolina old-time scene and the music of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. She has also worked in arts administration and is a classically trained violinist.


Sound and Society
Theater and Performance Studies