For her graduate work in musicology, Kaiya has contributed various socio-political and theoretical analyses of popular music to the field. Her focus on the gender politics of the Freak-Folk musical tradition, and on the relationship between African American Christianity and musical expression has brought about various musicological treatises. Some of these can be found here. 

Academic Awards

2018 Dean's Essay Prize for "Black Israelites, Social Justice, and Kendrick Lamar"

2017 McLennan-Ethel Hurlbatt Scholarship

2016 McGill Univ-QC Bursary 

2015 & 2016 McGill Graduate Excellence Fellowship

2013, 2014, & 2015 W.J. McAndrew Family Scholarship [Awarded to top students in the fields of drama, music, and visual arts]

2014 Samuel James Stubbs Award [for exceptional academic standing in courses under the fields of Classics and English]


Black Israelites, Social Justice, and Kendrick Lamar: Meditations on a Rhetorical Branch of African American/Jewish Relations

Winner // 2018 Dean's Essay Prize - McGill Schulich School of Musi


Destabilizing Generic Homology: Indigineity and Hip Hop


Who Owns the Blues?: Contesting the Fixity of Race and Nation in Discourses on the 1960s British Blues Boom


Cultural Memory and the Retention Argument in African-American Historical Musicology: Emergence, Development, and Critique of a Historiographical Concept