Ruth Opara

Assistant Professor of Music, Ethnomusicology
Foreign Language Exams Coordinator (2023–24)

Ruth Opara’s research centers on African and African diasporic music and knowledge production. Specifically, music and decolonial discourse, women in music, music and gender, and African music and transnational encounters. As a practitioner, a teacher, and a scholar, who has lived and taught on the African continent and the diaspora, Ruth successfully straddles both world’s musical cultures. With the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship and other awards, Ruth continues to research and work on her current book project, Music, Motherhood, and Transnationalism: A West African Perspective. The book focuses on a group of married women musicians to explore how they utilize music to navigate motherhood on the African continent and in the diaspora. Ruth has published peer-reviewed journal articles and has presented at many academic conferences around the world.