- BS, Florida A&M University
- MA, Clark Atlanta University
- PhD, Indiana University (in progress)
Fredara Mareva Hadley specializes in African American music and popular music, and currently focuses her research on the music industry and contemporary African American music that exists beyond the boundaries of hip-hop. She investigates the ways in which African Americans create music that responds to and pushes the boundaries of established genre categories and how that music represents various realities of African American identities.
Hadley has presented work at major conferences including annual meetings of the Society of Ethnomusicology, the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM-US), Experience Music Project’s Popular Music Conference, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and South by Southwest.
Her research has been published in the Encyclopedia of African American Music, Okayplayer, and Urb magazine. Hadley has also completed research for arts organizations including Carnegie Hall, 651 Arts, the African Burial Ground Monument, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
In addition to her research, Hadley founded Jooksi, a New York-based company that provides music education classes for the public, and music-based walking tours of New York City. Hadley teaches Introduction to African American Music.