Ethnomusicology

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Important Notice to Prospective Applicants (Posted Fall 2017):

The Columbia Ethnomusicology PhD program admits cohorts in two out of each three years. We will next admit a cohort for matriculation in 2019 (with applications due in mid-December of 2018).  We are NOT admitting a cohort in this year's cycle (Fall 2017 application for 2018 matriculation), although the other doctoral programs in the department will be accepting applications.

Please note that in general we discourage campus visits by prospective PhD students during years we don't admit (such as this year).   Prospective applicants should read the web resources linked above very carefully before contacting Ethnomusicology Area Chair Prof. Chris Washburne with questions.


FACULTY 

Alessandra Ciucci

Assistant Professor of Music
PhD in Ethnomusicology, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Research Interests: Morocco, North Africa, The Mediterranean, popular music of the Arab world, migration, gender and sexuality, sung poetry.
Email: amc25 [at] columbia.edu

Kevin Fellezs

Assistant Professor of Music and African American Studies 

Ethnomusicology Area Chair, 2016-17
PhD, History of Consciousness (American Studies), University of California at Santa Cruz
Research areas: Black Music; Jazz; Fusion; popular music studies; Hawai'i and the Pacific; Asian and Asian American Studies; Native and Indigenous Studies.
Email: kf2362 [at] columbia.edu

Aaron A. Fox

Associate Professor of Music
PhD in Social Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin
Research Interests: Popular music; working-class cultures; language and music; race, class, and indigeneity; ethnographic theory and method; history of social thought; linguistics; Native American Studies; cultural and intellectual property issues.
Email: aaf19 [at] columbia.edu

Ana Maria Ochoa

Professor of Music
PhD in Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University
Research Areas: Cultural policy, music and armed conflict, intellectual property, history of aurality, Latin American Cultural Studies, music and globalization, coloniality and modernity.
Email: ao2110 [at] columbia.edu

Christopher J. Washburne

Associate Professor of Music
Director, Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program
PhD in Music (Ethnomusicology), Columbia University 
Research Areas: Jazz; Salsa; Latin American and Caribbean musics; music and identity; performance. 
Email: cjw5 [at] columbia.eduWebsite: http://chriswashburne.com

 

ASSOCIATED POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

Eben Graves

Mellon Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Music, 2016-18
PhD in Ethnomusicology, University of Texas at Austin (2014)
Email: eg2878 [at] columbia.edu

CURRENT GRADUATE STUDENTS IN ETHNOMUSICOLOGY 

RECENT PhD ALUMNI AND CURRENT PLACEMENT

See our PhD Program "FAQ" for a complete record of all placements

  • Marceline Saibou (2016) - Assistant Professor, Bowdoin College
  • Adam Kielman (2016) - Assistant Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Sara Snyder (2016) - Visiting Assistant Professor, Cherokee Language Program, Western Carolina University (Assistant Professor from fall 2017)
  • Melissa Gonzalez (2014) --
  • Martha K. Newland (2014) -- Lecturer in Music (2016-17), Columbia University 
  • Nili Belkind (2014) -- Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities/Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, U Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Toby King (2014) -- Asst. Prof. of Music, U North Carolina, Asheville
  • Simon Calle (2013) - Ministry of Culture, Colombia
  • Nicholas Higgins (2013) - Guest Faculty, Sarah Lawrence College
  • Timothy Mangin (2013) - Asst. Prof., Boston College
  • Brian Karl (2012) - Program Dir., Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin, CA
  • Maria Sonevytsky (2012) -- Asst. Prof. of Music, Bard College
  • Tyler Bickford (2011) -- Asst. Prof. of English, Univ. of Pittsburgh
  • Lauren Ninoshvili (2010) - Adjunct Associate Research Scholar, Department of Slavic Languages, Columbia University
  • Farzanneh Hemmasi (2010) - Asst. Prof. of Music, Univ. of Toronto
  • Anna Stirr (2010) - Asst. Prof. of Asian Arts & Cultures, Univ. of Hawai'i, Manoa
  • Andrew Eisenberg (2009) - Asst. Prof. of Music, NYU/Abu Dhabi (2014 - ); Previously: Visiting Asst. Prof. of Music & Anthropology, Bard College (2013-14); Postdoctoral Fellow in Music, Oxford University, Visiting Lecturer in Music, Stony Brook University
  • Morgan Luker (2009) - Associate Prof. of Music, Reed College
  • Ryan Skinner (2009) - Assoc. Prof. of Music and African Studies, Ohio State Univ.
  • Matthew Sakakeeny (2008) - Assoc. Prof. of Music, Tulane Univ.
  • Amanda Minks (2006) - Assoc. Prof. of Anthropology, Oklahoma University
  • David Novak (2006) - Assoc. Prof. of Music, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara
  • Adriana Helbig (2005) - Assoc. Prof. of Music, Univ. of Pittsburgh
  • James Dale Wilson (2004) - Assoc. Prof. of Music, Connecticut College
  • Heather Willoughby (2002) - Assoc. Prof., Ewha Women's University, Korea

DISSERTATION ABSTRACTS

Click here for a complete listing of all dissertations (with abstracts) defended since 2002

ENSEMBLE DIRECTORS AND MUSIC ASSOCIATES

Louise Sasaki, Noriko Sasaki, & Yoichi Fukui

Directors, Columbia University Gagaku Ensemble
(for more information on our Gagaku program click here)

PROGRAMS OFFERED

  • PhD
  • Undergraduate BA Special Major through Barnard College