Dr. Laina Dawes Awarded John P. Murphy Fellowship at Case Western Reserve's Center for Popular Music Studies

Dr. Laina Dawes (PhD, 2022) has been awarded a two-year John P. Murphy Fellowship at Case Western Reserve’s Center for Popular Music Studies. To learn more, read Case Western Reserve University's announcement: https://case.edu/give/about/news/forward-thinking-magazine/summer-2023/sounds-music

Dr. Dawes's dissertation, "'Freedom Ain't Free': Race and Representation(s) in Extreme Heavy Metal," argues that Black musicians and fans' involvement in extreme metal is based on their view that extreme metal culture provides a space of greater freedom and flexibility from social norms, including those shaping ideas regarding race and gender.

Congratulations, Laina!