Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts (2019~). Education: BBA, College of William and Mary; MMus (Ethnomusicology) School of Oriental and African Studies; PhD (Ethnomusicology) Indiana University. Selected essays in edited volumes: “‘How is that going to help anyone?’: A critical activist ethnomusicology,” (forthcoming Oxford University Press). Awards: Bess Lomax Hawes Paper Award, 2015 (Society for Ethnomusicology); African Libraries Paper Prize, 2016 (Society for Ethnomusicology); CSAS Paper Prize, 2018 (Central States Anthropological Society); University Distinguished Ph.D. Dissertation Award, 2019 (Indiana University).
I am an ethnomusicologist with particular interest in music and migration. My doctoral work examines the ways music, dance, and ritual intersect with subject formation and humanitarian politics. My analysis is informed by the histories and social life of the Kakuma Refugee Camp in East Africa. Through delving into the musical experiences of hip hop artists, nomadic pastoralists, and religious congregations, I demonstrate the various ways Kakuma’s social actors use creative expressions to make claims to rights and related practices in a place where state and humanitarian forces impinge upon basic civil liberties. Through examining a range of sonic practices, this research challenges and reimagines reductive and dichotomous distinctions between refugees and citizens.
My research has been supported by grants and fellowships from Indiana University and the U.S. Department of Education, among others. I have presented at conferences of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), the American Anthropological Association (AAA), and the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM). With a dedication to building interdisciplinary connections, I have also presented at Indiana University’s African Studies Program and the School of Global and International Studies as well as at Oxford’s Refugee Studies Center.
Music and migration; music and violence; African popular music; hip hop and the Asian Diaspora; Applied Ethnomusicology.
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