Kevin Whitman is a PhD candidate in Musicology with research areas in hip-hop, media studies, and attention. He holds an M.A. in Musicology from the University of Oregon, and a B.A. in Music from The College of New Jersey. His recent work in hip-hop deals with canon formation and the interrogation of musicological values concerning hip-hop music and culture. His dissertation-in-progress explores livestreaming from various complementary angles including the history of media and broadcasting, social networks, joint attention, and reception. He has presented his research at conferences of the Society for Ethnomusicology, the American Liszt Society, the Music Graduate Student Association at CWRU, and Nomadikon, among others.
Kevin was a research fellow in 2016 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives, and in 2018 he interned at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Between 2018 and 2019 he also worked as a research assistant at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. In 2020, he coordinated the graduate student conference "Character, Caricature, Characterization," hosted virtually by the Music Graduate Student Association in collaboration with the Department of Music and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities.
Kevin is a classical percussionist and marimbist, and has performed with numerous ensembles based in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. In Eugene, Oregon, he participated in world music ensembles including West African dance, gamelan, and a Brazilian batería. In his (infrequent) spare time, he enjoys cooking, science fiction, and going on walks with his dog.