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Adjunct Lecturer, Women's and Gender Studies, Rutgers University

Kevin Allred has taught extensively in WGS and American Studies at Rutgers, including his own signature course: Feminist Perspectives: Politicizing Beyonce. For his dissertation project, he is interrogating U.S. black feminism through the sonic register, reframing debates over intersectionality versus assemblage through taking careful account of the sounds black women’s voices make, both live and recorded.

He is particularly interested in the ways black female musicians – like Nina Simone, Odetta, Beyonce Knowles, Nicki Minaj, and Janelle Monae – manipulate their voices in order to resist racist and heteronormative power structures. He has been politically active with national and local LGBTQ organizations over the past ten years working on issues of queer youth empowerment through music, as well as nationally touring as a singer/songwriter and releasing four albums on his own independent record label, Gutter Folk Records.

For more information on Kevin's music, please check out or Kevin continues to teach all over the East coast and tour in support of his music.


  • –present
    PhD Student, Rutgers University