Elizabeth de Martelly

2015 Hellman Graduate Awardee


UC Berkeley

A fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Music’s Ethnomusicology program, Elizabeth de Martelly studies popular music and racialization. Prior to coming to Berkeley, Beezer (as she is known) earned an M.A. in Music History and Theory from SUNY Stony Brook, where she researched queer performances in an NYC-based metal band’s online fan community. “My dissertation project develops from these interests, examining the relationships between race, space, and sound in Seattle’s grunge genre — a music genre often associated with leftist politics but which generally eschewed explicit discussions of race,” de Martelly says. Her research examines how grunge music racially transformed Seattle’s Chinatown-International District in the mid-1980s.

Beezer has also participated in the student workers union and advocates for accessible and quality public education.

“The Hellman Graduate Award is a highly prestigious form of recognition, which I am honored to receive. This award will enable me to carry out critical field research next year to develop my dissertation, and it will be a marker of distinction in my career endeavors,” de Martelly says.