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2017 SEM Council Candidates-Bios
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Jessica Bissett Perea

Dr. Jessica Bissett Perea (Dena’ina) is an interdisciplinary scholar whose work intersects the larger fields of Native American & Indigenous Studies and Music & Sound Studies. She was born in Anchorage, Alaska, and is an enrolled member of the Knik Tribe; she completed her PhD in Musicology at UCLA, won a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Music (Ethnomusicology) at UC Berkeley, and currently works as an Assistant Professor of Native American Studies at UC Davis where she teaches courses drawn from her expertise in Indigenous aesthetics and methodologies, and critical race and gender studies. Her most recent publication is “Audiovisualizing Iñupiaq Men and Masculinities On The Ice” in Critically Sovereign: Indigenous Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (Duke University Press, 2017). Jessica joined SEM in 2008 (presenting papers at the 2008, 2010, 2013, and 2015 Annual Meetings); served on the Ida Halpern Fellowship Selection Committee (2013-2015); served as Vice-President of the Northern California Chapter (2014-2016); won the 2016 Research and Publication Award from the SEM Diversity Action Committee for her in-progress book project, Sound Relations: Frontiers of Indigenous Modernity and American Music in Alaska; and is co-organizing the opening session of the 2017 Pre-Conference “Sound Alliances: A Celebration of Indigenous Music and Culture.”

Xóchitl Chávez

Dr. Xóchitl C. Chávez is an assistant professor at the University of California, Riverside in the Department of Music. She is a scholar of expressive culture and performance, specializing in Indigenous communities from southern Mexico and transnational migration. Chávez earned a PhD in Cultural Anthropology with a designated emphasis in Latin American and Latino Studies. She was a recipient of the University of California President’s Post Doctoral Fellowship (2014-2016) and a Smithsonian Institution Post Doctoral Fellow (2013-2014). Since 2014, she has also collaborated with the Smithsonian Institution as a Digital Curator and Content Specialist for the Smithsonian Latino Center Mobile Broadcast Series. Her current ethnographic documentary project, entitled Booming Bandas of Los Ángeles, focuses on second-generation Zapotec brass bands in Los Angeles County, and documents how women and youth now fill the ranks of musicians and new leadership. Dr. Chávez attended the SEM 2016 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, and the 2017 SEMSCHC Annual and Business Meeting in Fullerton, CA, supporting UC Riverside students and fellow colleagues. From 2011 to 2014, she held elected positions in the American Anthropological Association. As a Council member, Dr. Chávez would bring her experience in programming local community engagement events and panel selections to future SEM Annual Meetings.

Martin Daughtry

J. Martin Daughtry is an associate professor of ethnomusicology at New York University. His work centers on issues of acoustic violence; human and nonhuman vocality; listening practices; Russian-language sung poetry; jazz; and the auditory imagination (i.e., the sounds we hear in our heads). In 2015 his monograph Listening to War: Sound, Music, Trauma, and Survival in Wartime Iraq received a PROSE Award from the Association of American Publishers and the Alan Merriam Prize from SEM. His current book project deals with the precarity of vocal practices in the anthropocene, a kind of “dirty-air” history of singing and talking. He started presenting at SEM in 2000, and has attended nearly every Annual Meeting since then. He has chaired the Special Interest Group for European Music, been on the SEM Board Nominating Committee, and served on the Annual Meeting Program Committee twice, once as its chair. He regards SEM as his home society, and he is eager to help it rise to the many challenges that all academic societies face in our current historical moment.

Andrew Eisenberg

Andrew J. Eisenberg is Assistant Professor of Music at NYU Abu Dhabi. An ethnographer of music and sound culture, his current research concerns urban space and social belonging in Kenya. He received his PhD in ethnomusicology from Columbia University, and has previously held positions at Northwestern University, Stony Brook University, Oxford University, and Bard College. Eisenberg has been an active member of SEM since 2005, when he co-organized his first panel for the SEM Annual Meeting while in the midst of dissertation fieldwork. In the intervening years, he presented half a dozen papers and panel responses at the Annual Meetings and preconference sessions, and once served on the MACSEM program committee. He has been a member of the African Music Section, and was involved in the early discussions around the establishment of the Special Interest Group for Sound Studies. In 2013, he was awarded the Popular Music Section’s Richard Waterman prize, and subsequently served on the award committee.

Jeffers Engelhardt

Jeffers Engelhardt is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at Amherst College, where he teaches courses in ethnomusicology and the anthropology of music; community-based ethnography; music and religion; global popular musics; music, human rights, and cultural rights; musicianship; and analytical approaches to music and sound. Jeffers’s research deals broadly with music, religion, European identity, and media. He is the author of Singing the Right Way: Orthodox Christians and Secular Enchantment in Estonia (Oxford, 2015) and the edited volume Resounding Transcendence: Transitions in Music, Religion, and Ritual (Oxford, 2016). His current book project is Music and Religion (under contract with Oxford), and he is Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Journal of Music and Religion. Jeffers has presented papers, organized panels, and served as respondent and roundtable participant at SEM Annual Meetings regularly since 2006. He has been active in the Religion, Music, and Sound SIG, and served as Local Arrangements Committee chair for the 2008 NECSEM meeting. On the SEM Council, he is eager to work on issues of diversity in ethnomusicology through outreach to undergraduates.

Jesse Johnston

Jesse A. Johnston, PhD, is a Senior Program Officer (Preservation and Access) at the National Endowment for the Humanities. His ethnomusicology research has centered on the cultural study of musical instruments in east and central Europe, specifically on the cimbalom in the Czech Republic. His service to SEM began in 2001, when he first attended the SEM Annual Meeting and volunteered, as a student, to help orient attendees and answer questions at the registration table. From 2007 to 2009, he was co-chair of the Student Concerns Committee. He served on the program committee of the MIDSEM (Midwest) chapter in 2012, including as a member of the JaFran Jones Paper Prize Committee. He has been a frequent presenter at the SEM Annual Meeting as well as at MIDSEM. Outside of SEM, he has been an ethnomusicology advisory board member to the College Music Society, represented NEH to the National Recording Preservation Board, and served on the steering committee of the Society of American Archivists's recorded sound roundtable.

Kim Kattari

Kim Kattari is an Assistant Professor in Performance Studies and Ethnomusicology at Texas A&M University. Her research interests include popular music subcultures (specifically rockabilly, psychobilly, and punk) and cultural representation in world music ensembles (particularly steelbands). Kim is currently the President of the Southern Plains Chapter of SEM and has served previously as Secretary, Local Arrangements Chair, and Vice President. She also chairs the Committee on the Status of Popular Music Scholars in the Popular Music Section of SEM, has served on the SEM Local Arrangements Committee in 2014-2015, and has regularly presented on her research at SEM Annual Meetings since 2007.

Katherine Meizel

Katherine Meizel is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She earned her PhD in ethnomusicology at UC Santa Barbara, and also holds a doctorate in vocal performance. Her research has focused on topics in disability and Deaf studies, voice and identity, and popular music and media. Her book Idolized: Music, Media, and Identity in American Idol (IU Press) was published in 2011 and earned an honorable mention in IASPM’s Woody Guthrie Prize competition. Katherine’s work in public music scholarship has been included in online platforms such as New Republic and The Conversation, as well as Musicology Now, and she wrote about Idol for Slate.com regularly between 2007 and 2011. She has been a member of SEM since 2003, presenting frequently. A co-founder of the Voice Studies SIG, she also co-chaired it from 2012 through 2015. Additionally, she has served as secretary for the Popular Music Section, and is a member of the Disability and Deaf Studies SIG. She is currently co-editing the upcoming Oxford Handbook of Voice Studies, and completing a monograph for Oxford University Press titled Multivocality: An Ethnography of Singing on the Borders of Identity.

Barley Norton

Dr. Barley Norton is a Reader in Ethnomusicology in the Music Department at Goldsmiths, University of London. His research interests include ethnomusicological filmmaking and theory, ritual music and trance, heritage discourse and music revival, gender and cultural politics, music protest and censorship, and his primary area of research is Vietnam. His publications include the monograph Songs for the Spirits: Music and Mediums in Modern Vietnam (Illinois, 2009), the co-edited volume Music and Protest in 1968 (CUP, 2013) and the film Hanoi Eclipse: The Music of Dai Lam Linh (DER, 2010). He has been a member of SEM since 1994. His service for the SEM includes being on the Program Committee for the SEM 2011 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia and on the 2013 Alan Merriam Prize Committee. He is currently the Chair of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology (BFE), and as part of this role he has served as the BFE Liaison for SEM since 2015.

Katie Palmer

Dr. Katherine Palmer is currently Museum Educator at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, where she is in charge of creating and teaching educational programs. Katherine earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts (clarinet) and a Master of Arts (ethnomusicology) from Arizona State University. Her master's thesis focused on the Venezuelan music education program (El Sistema); her doctoral research was centered on the Peruvian composer Armando Guevara Ochoa and his works for wind instruments. Committed to research and performance, Katherine has presented papers, presentations, and performances throughout the United States and abroad on topics including ethnomusicology and music education, innovative arts curriculum development, and world music compositions. Active in SEM at the regional and national level, she was recently elected to serve as co-chair of the SEM Education Section. An active performing musician in the Phoenix area, Katherine is an adjunct instructor at Maricopa Community Colleges, a faculty associate in the Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts at ASU, and maintains a private teaching schedule. Katherine is the executive director of Daraja Music Initiative, a non-profit organization that provides music and conservation education in Moshi, Tanzania, during the summer months to primary and secondary students.

Liz Przybylski

Liz Przybylski, as Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Riverside, specializes in Indigenous hip hop practices in Canada and the United States. Recent and forthcoming publications analyze how the sampling of heritage music in Indigenous hip hop contributes to dialogues about cultural change in urban areas. Liz has also published on popular music pedagogy. Her ongoing work develops an innovative model of on- and off-line ethnography for the analysis of contemporary popular music. In addition to her university teaching, Liz has taught at the American Indian Center in Chicago and hosted radio programming on “Continental Drift” on WNUR in Chicago and “At The Edge of Canada: Indigenous Research” on CJUM in Winnipeg. Liz is also the Media Reviews Editor for the journal American Music. Liz is involved in SEM in many capacities. She has presented her research at regional conferences and SEM Annual Meetings. In 2016, Liz was elected Member-At-Large for SEM’s Indigenous Music Section, where she chairs the Charlotte Frisbie Student Paper Prize Committee and the Indigenous Music Section Panel Sponsorship Committee. Dedicated to SEM at the regional level as well, Liz currently serves as the Vice President of the Southern California and Hawaii Chapter.

Huib Schippers

Huib Schippers (PhD) is Director and Curator of the iconic label Smithsonian Folkways, only the 4th in its 70-year history. Before that he was a tenured professor and founding director of the innovative Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia (2003-2015), after a career in Europe which included setting up 14 world music schools and an international World Music & Dance Centre in the Netherlands and running several successful projects in cultural diversity in music education. His current research interests include the ecology of music sustainability (his book Sustainable Futures has just come out with OUP). He has played a modest role in SEM to date, but attended many of its Annual Meetings and activities whilst still living overseas. If elected, he is looking forward to contributing more intensely from closer by.

Jessica Schwartz

Jessica Schwartz is Assistant Professor of Musicology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research approaches musical representations and sonic histories of militarization and imperial violence, affective alliances, and creative dissent in musical activism, specifically in the Marshall Islands (Micronesia) and in the United States with respect to nuclear power and governmental sound design. She has reviewed articles for Ethnomusicology and has served on the Medical Ethnomusicology SIG as secretary, 2013-2014, and as co-chair, 2015-present.

Sara Snyder

Sara L. Snyder is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at Western Carolina University and Director of the Cherokee Language Program. She received a PhD. in Ethnomusicology from Columbia University in 2016. Her research interests include language revitalization, translation studies, sound studies, vocal anthropology, Native American and Indigenous studies, and music and language. Sara’s work explores speech and song in Cherokee language revitalization, with attention to how vocal play and the poetics of translation provide pathways by which Cherokee language students can reimagine and redefine contemporary Cherokee identities and subjectivities. In addition to her academic interests, Sara also sings and composes with the electronic music project Stereospread, and plays trumpet with community bands and jazz ensembles across Western North Carolina. Sara has participated in SEM Annual Meetings as a presenter and organizer. She served as treasurer of MACSEM from 2007 to 2010 and as the webmaster for the Music and Sound Interest Group of the American Anthropological Association from 2012 to 2016.

Anna Stirr

Anna Stirr is Assistant Professor of Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii Manoa. She specializes in music of the Himalayan region, especially Nepali-language performing arts, with interests in intimacy, politics, borderland studies, and religion. Her first book, Singing Across Divides: Music and Intimate Politics in Nepal, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. Her articles have appeared in EthnomusicologyAsian Music, and several other journals and edited volumes. For the past three years, she has researched Nepal's progressive song and theater movement in conjunction with a collaborative project on the influence of China's Cultural Revolution on performing arts beyond China's borders. Translating the works of Nepali musicologist Subi Shah has led her to a renewed focus on religion, ecology, and performance, and she will present at the 2017 NEH Summer Institute on Islam in Asia. Anna has regularly presented papers at SEM since 2003, and is an active member of SEM's South Asia Performing Arts Section and the Economic Ethnomusicology Special Interest Group. She performs Nepali song and instrumental folk music. In recognition of her performance and research, she received Nepal’s Ali Miya Prize in Folklore in 2016.

Cullen Strawn

Cullen Strawn is Executive Director for the Arts at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He holds a BMus in performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and MA and PhD degrees in folklore and ethnomusicology from Indiana University Bloomington. A recipient of fellowships and grants including the Fulbright-IIE and Fulbright-Hays for ethnographic field research among hunters’ musicians and hunters in southern Mali, Strawn has undertaken phenomenological investigations of Mande concepts and experiences of uncertainty in music performance and hunting. He has served as Curator at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, and exhibited publically on a wide range of instrument and ensemble types, genres, artists, manufacturers, and sociocultural topics. Strawn contributed to the Society for Ethnomusicology as website editor from 2002 to 2010 and has presented at SEM Annual Meetings, most recently in 2016 as part of the roundtable “The Institutionalization of Ethnomusicology: Current Perspectives, Challenges, and Opportunities.”

Dave Wilson

Dave Wilson is a Lecturer (US Assistant Professor) at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. He conducts research primarily in postsocialist Macedonia, exploring the ways music and sound relate to nationalism, belonging, intangible cultural heritage, the construction of social space, and the nature of scenes, particularly scenes involving jazz or popular music. He is currently serving as the co-chair for the SIG on European Music and as the Local Scenes Liaison for the Improvisation Section. In these capacities he has organized a number of panels and helped plan events aiming to connect SEM members to musicians from communities in proximity to conference sites. He has attended the SEM Annual Meeting since 2010 and SEMSCHC regularly while living in Southern California during and after his graduate studies.


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