Daphne Brooks, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of African American Studies, American Studies, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Music at Yale University, was presented with the Music in American Culture Award from the American Musicological Society. The award honors a book of exceptional merit that illuminates some important aspect of American music and “places it in a rich cultural context.”
Professor Brooks was recognized for her book Liner Notes for the Revolution: The Intellectual Life of Black Feminist Sound (Harvard University Press, 2021). She is also the author of an earlier book, Bodies in Dissent: Spectacular Performances of Race and Freedom, 1850-1910 (Duke University Press, 2006).
From 2016-2018, Professor served as the co-editor of the 33 1/3 Sound: Short Books About Albums series published by Bloomsbury Press. With Professor Brian Kane, she is the co-founder and co-director of Yale University’s Black Sound & the Archive Working Group
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dr. Brooks earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles.