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Tiffany Naiman is a Ph.D. student in UCLA’s Department of Musicology, and the Experimental Critical Theory and Digital Humanities graduate certificate programs. She is a DJ, electronic music composer, and documentary film producer. Tiffany also holds an MA in African American Studies and simultaneously graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in American Literature and Culture, both from UCLA in 2010. Tiffany maintains a strong interest in interdisciplinary popular music studies. As a scholar of popular music, gender, and temporality, her research explores rock and pop music of the late modern period, crossing genres and generations of performers and audiences, considering the ways that aging and decline leave traces in vocality and how that impacts artistic output, both in terms of the creative process and the ways in which these performers are valued or not as they reject or submit to cultural stereotypes and conceptions of appropriate aging. 

While at UCLA, Tiffany has received the Graduate Research Mentorship Fellowship, Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, P.E.O. Dorothy Halleck Scholarship, and the UCLA Chancellor’s Prize for Graduate Students. Tiffany has presented papers at IASPM-US, The University of Limerick, and IASPM-Canada, where she received the 2014 IASPM Canada Peter Narvaez Prize for best student paper for her piece “When Are We Now?: Bowie, Memory, and Berlin.” Her work on David Bowie has been published in David Bowie: Critical Perspectives (Routledge, 2015) and Enchanting David Bowie: Space/Time/Body/Memory (Bloomsbury, 2015).  She is also the Graduate Student Representative on the Executive Committee of IASPM-US.

Tiffany is an award winning documentary film producer. Her projects over the past five years have been screened world wide in festivals, at art museums, in theaters, and have been released digitally. The films include Bight of the Twin (2016), The Glamour & The Squalor (2015), Exile Nation: The Plastic People (2014), Viva Cuba Libre: Rap Is War (2013), GRRRL (2013), and The Mechanical Bride (2012). The documentary films Tiffany produces tie into her musicological work, areas of research, and often focus on the intersection of aesthetics and ethics or political change.