Derek Baron received their PhD in Historical Musicology in 2023 from the Department of Music at New York University's Graduate School of the Arts and Sciences. Their dissertation, "The Geopolitics of Voice: Sound, Music, and Language in Early American Settler Colonialism," explores the role that vocal and sonic imaginaries played in the construction of United States settler-colonial law, science, racial ideology, and institutional complexes from the colonial period to the turn of the twentieth century. Their work engages a number of different disciplines and discourses, including music and sound studies, American studies, settler-colonial studies, and history of science. Derek has also been a Fellow at the Center for Black, Brown, and Queer Studies as a part of the Boarding School History Project. They are also a composer and since 2016 have operated the experimental record label Reading Group.