Layla Ben-Ali is a William Fontaine Fellow of Ethnomusicology and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her B.A. with honors in Anthropology and Sociology from Hunter College in 2010. She is a recipient of the Elsie Clews Parsons Prize. Her research interests include the cultural politics of ascribed racial and gender authenticities of black rock musicians (especially afro-punkers, afro-futurists and marginalized protégés of iconic funk) through the lens of their religious, spiritual and science-fictional intrigues.