I'm a writer, professor, and cultural critic. I've written three books: Black Resonance, Donny Hathaway Live, and The Meaning of Soul (forthcoming in Fall 2020). I write scholarly articles on topics ranging from literary modernism to BeyoncĂ©, and contribute essays to such venues as New Yorker.comThe Atlantic, Billboard, NPR, Pitchfork, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. The primary purpose of this site is to collect those writings. Thank you for visiting!

contact: emily.lordi@vanderbilt.edu