Ruth Opara

Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow

Ruth Opara—a Nigerian ethnomusicologist—is a Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Department of Music, Columbia University. Her research areas include traditional music in Africa and the production of knowledge; African women in music and the decolonial discourse; music and gender; African music and transnational encounters. Ruth received her Bachelor of Education in Music Education from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka; Masters from the University of Louisville, Kentucky in Pan African Studies; and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado Boulder in Musicology (Ethnomusicology). Ruth has published some peer-reviewed journal articles and has presented in many academic conferences, both local and international. She is currently working on her book Performing Motherhood: Music, Resistance, and Transnationalism Among Igbo Women in Nigeria, West Africa. She has taught in Nigeria and the USA.