Elias Krell is a musician and a scholar whose 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, and 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 the National Center for Institutional Diversity at University of Michigan. Krell is currently conducting ethnographic research in South America on themes of coloniality and indigeneity amongst punk musicians who identify as travesti or trans. He is also a prolific composer and performer.