PhD, University of Wisconsin
Maya C. Gibson earned her BA (English and Black Studies) and BM (Vocal Performance) from Oberlin College and Conservatory. She earned her MA degrees (Afro-American Studies and Musicology) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she also earned her PhD in Musicology. She has been the recipient of a Howard Mayer Brown Fellowship from the American Musicological Society, a Predoctoral Fellowship from the Ford Foundation, and a Mellon-Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Center for the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research and teaching interests explore the interconnections and inter-relationships among Afro-American music (especially jazz), popular music, and issues concerning race, gender, and sexuality. She has contributed extensively on black American gospel and blues topics in The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2nd edition, forthcoming), and is currently writing a book on the music, life, legacy, and historical reception of the jazz vocalist Billie Holiday.