Alex Corey, PhD

Lecturer on History and Literature, Harvard University
Alex W. Corey is an award-winning educator who started as a lecturer on history and literature at Harvard University in 2017. They received their PhD in English from the University of Colorado, Boulder, where they served as manager of the laboratory for race and popular culture from 2013-2017. Their research considers how the gendering of sound leads into and emerges out of the racial dynamics of US musical culture. Corey has a chapter titled "Sounding Out Racial Difference" in The Routledge Companion to Sound Studies and an article titled "The Reverberating Flesh: Refiguring Blackness and Sex in Ralph Ellison's Musical Basements" forthcoming in Arizona Quarterly. Their current book project is called Hysterical Melodies: Sex and the Music of Black Modernism. It examines how discourses of binary sex affect the racial implications of US musical culture. Corey's teaching interests include African American studies, trans and queer studies, popular culture, music and US literature, and social movements in the US.


  • PhD University of Colorado, Boulder