Elias Krell is a musician and a scholar. His current book project amplifies the singing voice as a sonic lens for the lives and performance practices of contemporary transgender-identified musicians in North America. Krell received a Ph.D. in Performance Studies and Graduate Certificate in Gender & Sexuality Studies from Northwestern University. Krell currently teaches in the Feminist & Queer Studies Program at Vassar College on a two-year postdoctoral fellowship through the Consortium for Faculty Diversity. In 2014, Krell was named an "Emerging Diversity Scholar" by University of Michigan's National Center for Institutional Diversity. His current ethnographic work in South America explores themes of coloniality and indigeneity amongst punk musicians who identify as travesti or trans. Krell is also a prolific composer and performer.