Michelle Habell-Pallan

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Michelle Habell-Pallán, Associate Professor of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies and digital archivista, Directs the UW Libraries Women Who Rock: Making Scenes, Building Community Oral History Archive, an open access and interactive digital archive.

Habell-Pallán,authored Loca Motion: The Travels of Chicana and Latina Popular Culture (NYU Press), which received a Modern Language Association Prize in United States Latina and Latino and Chicana and Chicano Literary and Cultural Studies, and co-edited Latina/o Popular Culture (NYU Press). Her book, Beat Migration: Transmediating “American Sabor” for the Digital Humanities is forthcoming.

A curator of the Smithsonian Institution's Traveling Exhibition Service’s American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music, Habell-Pallán jams with Seattle Fandango Project.

Her research has been supported by the Paul D. Allen Family Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, the UC Humanities Research Institute, the UC President’s Postdoctoral Award, the UW Simpson Center for the Humanities, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.

Women Who Rock brings together scholars, musicians, media-makers, performers, artists, and activists to explore the role of women and popular music in the creation of cultural scenes and social justice movements in the Americas and beyond. This multifaceted endeavor reshapes conventional understandings of music and cultural production by initiating collective methods of research, teaching, and community and scholarly collaboration. We encompass several interwoven components: an annual participant-driven, community engagement conference and film festival; project-based coursework at the graduate and undergraduate levels; and an oral history archive that ties the various components together.
The Women Who Rock Digital Oral History Archive fosters the development of participant-driven scholarship, on-line exhibits, curriculum, and media production. This collection will expand as we continue to conduct more oral histories, generate more programming, and create new media and scholarship in coming years.

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