Gayle Wald is the author three books, including the 2007 biography "Shout, Sister, Shout: The Untold Story of Rock-and-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe" (a New York Times Editor's Choice pick) and, more recently, "It's Been Beautiful: 'Soul!" and Black Power Television" (Duke University Press, 2015). She has published widely in journals including American Quarterly, Feminist Media Studies, Genders, Signs, American Literature, and others. She is a former co-editor of the Journal of Popular Music Studies, the flagship (peer-reviewed) quarterly of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (U.S. chapter). At GW, she teaches courses on African American literature (including "post-civil rights" literature and culture), popular music, and cultural theory. Her work on popular music--from women in punk music to boy bands--is widely cited and reprinted. She has twice been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, and in 2012-13 was awarded a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. She has been a visiting scholar at Cornell University and the University of California, Irvine. Her new project is a biography of the children's music performer Ella Jenkins.