Elisa Meléndez, PhD
Elisa Meléndez\ GSS PhD earned in Spring 2018
Sociology of Gender, American Popular Culture
I was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico and moved to Miami ten years ago. I received my B.A. in Women's Studies from FIU and my M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Lesley University (Camridge, MA) where I studied the intersections of gender and American popular music. My fifteen years as a rock singer and song writer, as well as my experience as a life long "gamer," inspired my dissertation research on the topics of gender, performance, and rock music video games. Through developer interviews, participant observation at public play sites, and autoethnography, and extensive game test analysis, the project looks at the music games Rock Band and Rocksmith to find out how gendered scripts are coded—literally and figuratively—in the games, as well as the opportunities for subversion of these scripts through performance and play.