Curriculum Vitae


Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and Music
Department of Africana Studies / Rites and Reason Theatre
Brown University
Providence, RI
+1 (719) 644-6364


Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
PhD in African and African American Studies. Secondary Field: Music (Ethnomusicology).
Dissertation: “Crossover for Christ: Contemporary Gospel since the 1990s”
Advisors:  Professors Marla Frederick (primary), Robin Bernstein, Evelyn Higginbotham, Ingrid Monson, and Kay Shelemay.

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Master of Arts, African American Studies.

Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT
Master of Divinitysumma cum laude
Curricular Emphasis: Sacred Music and Preaching. Certificate, Institute of Sacred Music.

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Bachelor of Artscum laude.  Concentration: Computer Science.
Independent Research in the History of Gospel Music; Independent Research in Gospel Music Performance.


Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow,
   Department of Religious Studies, Department of Africana Studies,
   and the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA),
   Brown University
Postdoctoral Associate, Institute of Sacred Music (ISM), Yale University 2017-2018
Pre-Doctoral Riley Scholar-in-Residence, Music Department, Colorado College 2016-2017
Harvard University Society of Horizons Scholars, 2016 Fellowship Cohort 2016
Mahindra Humanities Center Interdisciplinary Dissertation Completion Fellowship 2015-2016
John Knowles Paine Traveling Fellowship 2015
Ford Foundation Fellowships Dissertation Competition Honorable Mention 2015
Philippe Wamba Summer Research Travel Grant 2014
Forum for Theological Exploration Doctoral Fellowship 2014-2015
Charles Warren Center Summer Travel Grant for Dissertation Research 2014
Race Relations Advisor Award, Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations 2013


Barron, Charrise. “Richard Allen’s Prophetic Work of Freedom in the Dusk of the Enlightenment.” In The Sound of Freedom: Music’s Witness to Modernity’s Theological Struggles, edited by Jeremy Begbie, Daniel Chua, and Markus Rathey. Oxford University Press, 2021. Article undergoing revisions.

Review of Beginning a Career in Academia - A Guide for Graduate Students of Color, edited by Mack, Dwayne A., Elwood Watson and Michelle Madsen Camacho. New York, NY: Routledge, 2015. Reviewed in Reflective Teaching, January 18, 2016.

Barron, Charrise, J. Anthony Plenty, Kenneth Mosley, and Nolan Williams, Jr. “Youth Day (Youth and Health).” The African American Lectionary (online repository), October 24, 2010.


“New Songs in the Same Strange Land: Congregational Music for Worship and Liberation in the Age of Hip Hop and Black Lives Matter.” Plenary Keynote Address. Association of Practical Theology Biennial Conference. New Haven, CT. April 14, 2018.

“Reflection on Contemporary Anthems and Hymn Arrangements” and Hymn Leading. Hymn Festival. Inspire: The Church in the 21st Century Conference. Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT. April 5, 2018.

Introduction of Speakers. Harvard Horizons Symposium, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. April 11, 2018.

“How I Got Over: The Spirit of Gospel Music.” Panelist. Apollo Live Wire. Apollo Theater. Harlem, NY. December 10, 2017.


“Great God, God’s Friends, and the Global Discourses of Contemporary Praise and Worship Music.” Riley Scholars Lecture, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO. April 2016.

“‘Blessed Ties That Bind’: Spiritual Connections to Black Music.” Panelist. Composers of Color Collective Conference 2016, Raleigh/Durham, NC. May 2016.

“The Platinum Age of Gospel.” Presenter. Harvard Horizons Symposium, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. April 2016.

“Appealing to the Masses: The Politics of Contemporary Gospel Performance for Mainstream Consumption.”  Colorado College.  Colorado Springs, CO. February 2016.

“Sexy For Jesus: Contemporary Gospel Music Performance in the New Millennium.” Society for Ethnomusicology 60th Annual Meeting. Austin, TX. December 2015.

“Sweeter: The Gospel Music and Performance of Kim Burrell.” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA. November 2015.

“Multicultural Worship in an African American Pentecostal Church.” Christian Congregational Music: Local and Global Perspectives. Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford, United Kingdom. August 2015.

“This is Why I’m Hot: Hip-hop’s Influence in Contemporary Gospel Music.” International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) 18th Biennial Conference. University of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil. June 2015.

“Israel Houghton & A New Breed of Religious Discourse.” Society of American Music (SAM) Fortieth Annual Conference. Lancaster, PA. March 2014.

The Contradictions of Fair Hope Documentary Screening Panel Discussion. Panelist. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. October 2013.

“Race, Media and Everything Else; An Open Discussion with Prof. Henry Louis Gates Jr.” Moderator. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. April 2013.

“Israel Houghton & A New Breed of Religious Discourse.” Delivered at Yale Institute of Sacred Music (ISM) Colloquium, New Haven, CT. February 2010.


“Testify,” Alyncia Mack: Testify, ℗ Allied Music Group 2018.
Co-wrote “Testify” with Delbert Mack Jr.

“Wonderful,” Glenda Taylor: Lord, I Want to Thank You, ℗ Marxan Records 2008.
Composed the song “Wonderful.”

“One Thing,” Cecil A. Edgerton & Friends: Bless the Lord, ℗ Derbytown Records, Inc. 2007.
Composed and provided lead vocals for the song “One Thing.”


Brown University, Department of Religious Studies
Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow, Fall 2018.

  • Designed and taught the course Gospel Music from the Church to the Streets, which was offered in the Religious Studies and Africana Studies Departments, and cross-listed in the Department of Music.

Guest Lecture. “Gospel Music.”
Yale Divinity School. March 26, 2018.

Yale University, Institute of Sacred Music
Postdoctoral Associate, Fall 2017.

  • Designed and taught the course Gospel Music in the Church and World, which was offered at the Divinity School and cross-listed in African American Studies, Music, and Religious Studies Departments.

Colorado College, Music Department
Pre-Doctoral Riley Scholar-in-Residence and Visiting Instructor, Spring 2017.

  • Designed and taught the course Topics in Ethnomusicology:Black Gospel Music.

Colorado College, Music Department
Pre-Doctoral Riley Scholar-in-Residence and Visiting Instructor, Spring 2017.

  • Designed and taught the course Topics in Ethnomusicology: African American Protest Music.

Cornell University, Telluride Association Sophomore Seminar (TASS)
Professor, Summer 2016.

  • Co-taught the course An Exploration of Meaning in Cultural Identity Through Music: The Harlem Renaissance, Soul, and Social Protest to Contemporary Hip Hop as part of the Telluride Association’s college preparatory program at Cornell University.

Guest Lecture. “Introducing Kim Burrell.”
Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA. April 2016.

Guest Lecture. “African American Christianity.”
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. April 2014.

Harvard University, AAAS Department
Head Teaching Fellow, Spring 2014.

  • Served as teaching staff for the course Introduction to African American Studies.
  • Assisted course professors Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Lawrence Bobo in course of more than 100 students.
  • Guest lectured, planned lessons, and administered course website. Held responsibility for all assessments.
  • Managed the team of teaching fellows for the course.

Guest Lecture. “Early Neo-Soul: D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, Maxwell, Lauryn Hill.”
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. November 2013.

Harvard University, AAAS Department
Teaching Fellow, Fall 2013.

  • Served as teaching staff for the course From R&B to Neo Soul: Black Popular Music and Cultural Transformation
  • Assisted course professor Ingrid Monson in course of 213 students.
  • Guest lectured, as well as planned lessons, graded papers, held office hours, and taught 53 students across 3 sections.

Harvard University, AAAS Department
Teaching Fellow, Fall 2013.

  • Served as teaching staff for the course Childhood in African America
  • Assisted course professor Robin Bernstein, and graded papers.
  • Held office hours, assisting the 20 undergraduate students enrolled in the course.

Guest Lecture. “The Role of the Black Church: Havens from Racist Oppression.”
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138. April 2013.

Harvard University, AAAS Department
Teaching Fellow, Spring 2013.

  • Served as teaching staff for the course The History of African Americans from the Slave Trade to the Great Migration.
  • Assisted course professor Kellie Carter Jackson, graded papers, and guest lectured for the course.
  • Held office hours, assisting the 33 students enrolled in the course.

Harvard University, Music Department
Teaching Fellow, Fall 2012.

  • Served as teaching staff for the course Foundations of Tonal Music I.
  • Assisted professor Olaf Post in course of 152 students. Planned lessons, taught twice weekly, and graded assignments for a section of 10 students.


The Potter’s House, Dallas Texas
Researcher, 2015.

  • Conducted participant observation of the Potter’s House Music and Fine Arts Department at the Potter’s House, Dallas Texas (largest predominantly black church in the United States of America.)
  • Interviewed national and international gospel artists and producers, including Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Bishop Marvin Winans, Robert “Sput” Searight, Thaddeus Tribbett, and Crystal Aiken.

University of Ghana, International Institute for Advanced Studies
Research Fellow, Summer 2014.

  • Conducted ethnographic research of gospel music performance.
  • Interviewed and performed with Ghanaian gospel artists in Accra and Tema, Ghana.

Harvard University, African and African American Studies (AAAS) Department
Researcher, Summer 2013.

  • Conducted participant observation of the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses 80th Annual Conference. In Houston, TX.

Harvard University, African and African American Studies (AAAS) Department
Researcher, Summer 2011.

  • Carried out ethnographic research of gospel artist Kim Burrell in Houston, TX.
  • Conducted participant observation of Church of God In Christ 2012 Auxiliaries in Ministry (AIM) Convention. In Houston, TX.

Harvard University, AAAS Department
Research Assistant, Spring 2011.

  • Aided research project of Prof. Marla Frederick.
  • Located various texts in the study of religion and the African Diaspora.

Yale Divinity University, Institute of Sacred Music
Project Assistant, Summer 2008 – Spring 2010.

  • Participated in documentary project led by Prof. Margo Fassler.
  • Provided insights into gospel music industry as well as African American sacred music and church traditions, to documentary producer.


Harvard University, Adams House, Cambridge, MA
Resident Tutor, Fall 2011 - May 2016.

  • Provided academic and non-academic advising to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
  • Organized music performances for various House events and facilitated race-relations conversations and events.

More Excellent Media Group, LLC, Houston, TX
FounderNew Media Consultant, April 2005 - August 2008.

  • Founded web design and media consulting firm; provided web design, graphic design, and marketing consulting services.

Information Services International (division of M&M/Mars, Inc.), Houston, TX
Senior Business Systems Analyst, June 2000 - June 2006.

  • Represented American region on a global development project team based in France and Great Britain; planned and carried out software implementations in Western Europe and Mexico.

Information Services International, Houston, TX
Business Systems Analyst, June 1998 - June 2000.

  • Provided support of manufacturing software for approximately 5,000 associates at fourteen production facilities in the United States and Canada.


Spanish: reading and conversational knowledge.

French: reading and some conversational knowledge.

Koine Greek: reading knowledge.


Experience with WordPress; HTML; Python; JavaScript; PHP; MySQL.


Member, Chorale Le Chateau (recording choir)

American Academy of Religion

American Musicological Society

American Studies Association

Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)

Society for Christian Scholarship in Music

Society for American Music

Society for Ethnomusicology

Society for Pentecostal Studies