Tiffany Naiman

Tiffany Naiman

About

Tiffany received her PhD in Musicology from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2017. She also holds master's degrees in African American Studies and Musicology, and a BA in American Literature and Culture (magna cum laude), all from UCLA. Tiffany is currently a Thinking Matters Fellow at Stanford University, where she teaches in the courses “Stories Everywhere,” “Worlds of Sound: Learning to Listen,” and “Reading the Body: How Medicine and Culture Define the Self.”

A recipient of the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award and the Dissertation Year Fellowship and holder of graduate certificates in Digital Humanities and Experimental Critical Theory, Tiffany is a scholar of popular music, temporality, and disability studies with secondary specializations in gender, voice, and media studies. Tiffany is currently working on a monograph, Singing at Death's Door, which aims to expand understandings of untimely existences by examining musical and cultural responses to illness, disability, and dying. Tiffany is also known for her work on David Bowie, which can be found in David Bowie: Critical Perspectives (2015), Enchanting David Bowie: Space/Time/Body/Memory (2015), Blackstar/Purple Reign (2018).

Along with her musicological work, Tiffany is a DJ, electronic music composer, and award winning documentary film producer. Her film projects over the past five years have been screened worldwide in festivals, at art museums, in theaters, and have been released digitally. The films include Welcome to My Daydream (2018), Bight of the Twin (2016), The Glamour & The Squalor (2015), Exile Nation: The Plastic People (2014), Viva Cuba Libre: Rap Is War (2013), and The Mechanical Bride (2012). She also curates films for the experimental sections of Outfest Los Angeles and New Fest NYC.

Tiffany devotes a large portion of her free time to attending live musical performances. She also enjoys spending time in nature photographing wildlife.