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Alex W. Corey is an award-winning educator who joined the Tutorial Board as Lecturer on History & Literature in 2017. They received their Ph.D. in English from the University of Colorado Boulder, where they served as Manager of the Laboratory for Race and Popular Culture from 2013-2017. Their research considers how the gendering of sound leads into and emerges out of the racial dynamics of U.S. musical culture. Alex has a chapter titled “Sounding Out Racial Difference” in The Routledge Sound Studies Companion (ed. Michael Bull) and an article titled "The Reverberating Flesh: Refiguring Blackness and Sex in Ralph Ellison's Musical Basements" forthcoming in Arizona Quarterly. Their current book project is called Hysterical Melodies: Sex and the Music of Black Modernism. It examines how discourses of binary sex affect the racial implications of U.S. musical culture.
Alex has won two teaching awards at Harvard: an Office of Undergraduate Education Certificate of Teaching Excellence and the Jan Thaddeus Award for Teaching and Service in History & Literature. They have presented their work at the Ralph Ellison Seminar at the Library of Congress and Hood College, as well as the annual conferences of the American Studies Association, the Modern Language Association, and the American Literature Association. In 2019-2020, Alex spearheaded a project to promote accessibility and inclusion within the History & Literature curriculum.