Alexandria Arrieta studies issues related to gender and race in the realm of popular music, with a focus on pop songwriting practices and emerging song structures. Her most recent project concerns the relationship between music and Internet memes and how artists use "memeing" and "trolling" in creative ways to challenge racial gatekeeping in the music industry. She also studies the composition of feminine empowerment songs over the past decade and their relationship with postfeminism and popular feminism. Arrieta holds a BA in English with Honors from Stanford University, where she was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. At the end of her undergraduate career, she was selected as a fellow within the Stanford|Warner Music Group Leadership Initiative, a program that developed young leaders in the music industry. She worked with marketing executives at Warner Records to create initiatives for emerging pop artists.She is also a singer-songwriter and music producer who has toured across the West Coast and whose music has been played on international radio.