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Ryan Lambe

Ph.D. Candidate
Teaching Fellow

Ryan Lambe is a Ph.D. Candidate studying cross-cultural musicology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His dissertation is an ethnographic study of performance and emotion in US queer open mics examined through queer and critical race lenses. Ryan earned his Bachelor of Music Education at Idaho State University before teaching general and vocal music to underserved populations in New Jersey public schools. His MA in Music from the UC, Santa Cruz examined queer musical hermeneutics in US pop and art musics. In his free time, Ryan enjoys cooperative games, cartoons, and playing early music. He teaches music history, theory, world music, and cultural studies using active and inclusive pedagogies derived from queer open mic practices.

Research Interests: 

amateur and community musics, critical race studies, gender and sexuality, critical pedagogies, and popular music

Selected Publications: 

(2021) “‘We Provide a Place to Be Not Okay’: Emotional Labor in Performance and Queer Amateur Music Spaces,” American Music (Accepted/In Press).

Honors and Awards: 
  • Arts Division Dissertation-Year Fellowship
  • Graduate Pedagogy Fellowship, Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL)
  • Summer Graduate Pedagogy Mentor, CITL
  • Porter College Teaching Fellowship
Education and Training: 
B.M.E, Idaho State University
M.A., University of California, Santa Cruz