Tiffany Naiman is a Thinking Matters Fellow at Stanford University and an instructor in Stanford’s Pre-Collegiate Summer Arts Institute. She received her PhD in Musicology from UCLA in 2017 along with graduate certificates in Experimental Critical Theory and Digital Humanities. She is a DJ, electronic musician, 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. As a scholar of popular music, temporality, and the voice, her dissertation, “Singing at Death’s Door: Late Style, Disability, and the Temporality of Illness in Popular Music” investigates musical expressions of temporal alterities in works created by popular music artists, identifying their aesthetic responses as their bodies become ill, disabled, and they become more aware of mortality. Her work seeks to reflect on musical and cultural responses to illness, disability, and dying while contributing to our understanding of the social significance of popular music in regard to these areas.
While at UCLA, Tiffany received the, Musicology Department Distinguished Teaching Award, Graduate Research Mentorship Fellowship, Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, P.E.O. Dorothy Halleck Scholarship, The Collegium of Teaching Fellows Award, and the UCLA Chancellor’s Prize for Graduate Students. She has been an invited speaker at Cornell University, Wellesley College, the University of Buffalo, and the University of Limerick. Tiffany has presented papers at the American Musicological Society’s annual conference, the MoPop conference, Art of Record Production conference, at the conferences for the International Association for the Study of Popular Music in both the United States and 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). In the past she was the Graduate Student Representative on the Board of IASPM-US and the elected Student Member of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music’s Faculty Executive Committee.
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), The Cardboard Artist (2015), Exile Nation: The Plastic People (2014), Viva Cuba Libre: Rap Is War (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 music, aesthetics, creativity, and politics.