Sasha Doster

PhD Student in Historical Musicology

Sasha is a first-year PhD student in Historical Musicology from Columbia, South Carolina. Her primary research interest revolves around expressions of Blackness, specifically in classical music during the early 20th century, anthropology, historiography, Black literary thought, Womanism, public history, and museum curation. Her most recent research project focused on the Harlem Renaissance composer H. Lawrence Freeman, how his operatic universe and musical/historical philosophies fit into the larger picture of Black racial uplift during the early 20th century and respectability politics involved in early Black opera. Sasha hopes to branch outside of academia and extend her research into the public history sector through museum curation, and archival practices. Outside of musicology, she finds joy in traveling, anime and deems herself an ice cream expert.