Christine Capetola

Christine Capetola is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication and Gender & Sexuality Studies at Tulane University, where she teaches courses in queer theory, Black studies, affect theory, and music criticism. Her current book project explores how Black pop stars, activists, and intellectuals in the 1980s and 2010s used femmeness to navigate their historical moments of protest and pandemic. By closely listening to the songs of two different groups of Black pop stars from the 1980s (Janet Jackson, Grace Jones, and Prince) and the 2010s (Blood Orange, FKA twigs, and Janelle Monáe), she uses popular music as an affective lens into their surrounding historical contexts. She is published in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and SocietyRoutledge Companion to Cyberpunk Culture, and Bitch Media and has work forthcoming in Journal of Popular Music Studies, and Oxford Handbook of Electronic Dance Music. She blogs about contemporary pop/r&b on her website,