Tiffany Naiman is a Ph.D. candidate in UCLA’s Department of Musicology, and the Experimental Critical Theory and Digital Humanities graduate certificate programs. 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, Illness, and Disability in Popular Music” examines the voices and music of late 20th and early 21st century artists. 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 has 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. Tiffany has presented papers at IASPM-US, The University of Limerick, The Art of Record Production Conference, 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 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.