Maya Gibson

Maya Gibson
Visiting Assistant Professor Department of Black Studies
315 Gentry Hall
573-882-6229
Bio: 

Dr. Gibson earned her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in Music History in 2008. Her doctoral thesis "Alternate Takes: Billie Holiday at the Intersection of Black Cultural Studies and Historical Musicology," examined Billie Holiday's reconfiguration in the field of Black Cultural Studies, comparing that field's critical revisions of Holiday with her earlier historical and historiographic past. Using a variety of theoretical perspectives, Gibson's research situates Billie Holiday musicologically, focusing on pivotal musical, historical, and cultural sites of significance surrounding her. She closely examines Holiday's autobiography, discusses changes in Holiday's critical reception over time, places most of her recorded repertory into an historical context, and performs a song biography of one of her most controversial numbers, "My Man." Using a variety of theoretical perspectives, Gibson's work situates Billie Holiday musicologically, focusing on pivotal musical, historical, and cultural sites of significance surrounding her. She has taught at the University of Missouri since 2011, in the College of Music and Honors College and Writing Intensive courses. She observes that music classes such as Perceiving Musical Traditions and Styles,  as well as courses on musical genres such as Jazz, Blues, and Funk (a particular favorite of hers)  allow her to share the power of music.