Jankowsky, Richard (Ph.D. 2004)

Richard Jankowsky and his wife welcomed their first child (Dylan Richard Jankowsky) into the world on Saturday, August 15, 2009. On the professional front, Richard is on research leave until Jan 2010 to pursue a National Endowment for the Humanities funded project entitled “Sufis, Saints, and Their Songs: Sacred Music In/As Tunisian History.” His book, […]

Barz, Gregory (M.A. 1992)

Gregory Barz, Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology, Vanderbilt University conducted field research in Rwanda, Central Africa, in 2009 focusing on contemporary songs of unity and reconciliation within the greater context of music’s role in promoting and fostering the genocide of 1994. He spent the month of July in Lugano, Switzerland as a 2009 Franklin Fellow in […]

Sykes, Jim

After returning from a successful year as a Fulbright-DDRA fellow in Sri Lanka, Jim Sykes is chipping away at his dissertation, called “The Music of the Gift: Sound, Sovereignty, and Multicultural History in Sri Lanka”. Jim was honored to speak about this research recently at the “Sound Works” conference organized by professors Philip Bohlman and […]

Jones, Alisha

During the 2008-09 academic year, Alisha Lola Jones researched African American sacred music and social justice in Chicago, through her work on the 2008 presidential election and its influence on the worship of the Trinity United Church of Christ congregation. Recently, Ms. Jones presented a paper entitled “Playin’ Church: Questioning Authenticity of Black Gospel Performance” […]

Mason, Kaley

Kaley Mason, Assistant Professor in the Department of Music, co-organized a symposium with Philip V. Bohlman called “Sound Works: Musicians and Media in South Asian Cities.” In addition to bringing together diverse scholars from ethnomusicology, anthropology, and film studies, the event also featured a Hindustani sitar concert by visiting scholar and artist in residence, Prof. […]

Matsue, Jennifer Milioto (M.A. 1996, Ph.D. 2003)

Jennifer Milioto Matsue successfully passed her tenure review and has been appointed Associate Professor at Union College, where she works in the departments of Music, Asian Studies, and Anthropology. She also won an ACLS/SSRC/NEH International and Area Studies Fellowship and is preparing to spend the year in Japan doing research for her next book – […]

Butler, Melvin

2008-09 was an exhilarating academic year for Melvin Butler as he and his family transitioned from Virginia to Chicago. Along with settling in Hyde Park, he has been working steadily to complete the first of two book projects exploring music and charismatic Christianity in the Caribbean and its diaspora. The bulk of his writing this […]