Nicol Hammond is a PhD candidate in Ethnomusicology at NYU. She is originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, where she completed her BMus with Distinction at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2006. Her PhD dissertation research focuses on South African rock musician Karen Zoid and the intersection of gender, sexuality and nationalism among post-apartheid Afrikaner youth. She has published on the topic of her dissertation, and also on South African choral music, and the music of the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa. She is a choral conductor and singer.