Fredara Mareva Hadley has been an ethnomusicology professor in Juilliard’s department of music history since 2018. Her core research considers how people of African descent use music genres to construct and maintain community. A native of West Palm Beach, Florida, she earned an undergraduate degree from Florida A&M University; a Master of Arts in African American studies from Clark-Atlanta University; and a PhD in ethnomusicology from Indiana University. Hadley has been published in the Journal of Popular Music Studies, ICTM Yearbook, Billboard magazine, and other outlets. She has presented at meetings for the Society for Ethnomusicology, Society for American Music, International Council for Traditional Music-Study Groups on African Music, and Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Her newest project focuses on Shirley Graham Du Bois, one of the earliest Black women musicologists and opera composers.