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2017 SEM Council Student Representatives Candidates-Bios
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Deonte Harris

Deonte Harris is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Ethnomusicology at UCLA. His forthcoming dissertation on London’s Caribbean carnival scene foregrounds questions of space, place, and value to both explicate the meaning and significance of carnival arts in the local context of London/UK, and trace the global-local contours, linkages, and interdependencies that bind London’s carnival scene to an expanding network of Caribbean carnivals in the black diaspora. Over the past few years, Harris has also been actively engaged in the Society for Ethnomusicology through professional service. From 2014 to 2016, he served as chair of the SEM Student Union (SU) Section. During this time, the SU continued to grow into an entity that not only provided resources and support for student members, but also created more opportunities for student involvement within the larger Society through regular programming at the Annual Meeting and beyond. These included opportunities to serve on one of the many SU subcommittees, contribute to the SU blog, assist in preparing/facilitating an SU-sponsored roundtable discussion at the Annual Meeting, as well as participate in community outreach. Harris hopes to continue his commitment to service and being a voice for student affairs as a potential member of the SEM Council.

Teresita Lozano

Teresita Lozano is a PhD candidate in Ethnomusicology at the University of Colorado Boulder. A native of the U.S.-Mexico Borderland, Teresita engages in research that explores musical performance, inherited memory, migration, social justice, and political activism in the construction of Mexican identity. Her current research is based on post-Revolutionary Mexican corridos (ballads) and their contemporary appropriation to religio-political identity and social protest in both Mexico and the U.S. Additional presentations and publications include viral musical activism and immigration politics, and the significance of sacred spaces in musical negotiations of transnational identities. Teresita has a strong interest in applied ethnomusicology, including civic engagement, human rights activism, public education, and work in multicultural centers, museums, and archives. In 2013, Teresita was awarded a graduate fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution’s Latino Center. She is the director and creator of Programa Nuestra Música, which provides music lessons and platforms for cultural exchange among financially challenged families in her community. She is an active flautist and vocalist, and is a founding member of the Mexican women’s group Las Dahlias. Teresita has presented papers at several conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, including the past four SEM Annual Meetings and, most recently, ICTM’s Applied Ethnomusicology conference.

Steven Moon

Steven Randal Moon is a graduate student and pre-doctoral fellow in ethnomusicology at the University of Pittsburgh. Their work to date focuses on queer phenomenologies of listening and affect in Azerbaijan, as well as hip hop, R&B, and gender in the United States. They have presented papers at and participated in the Mid-Atlantic Chapter meeting as well as the Annual Meeting, and are an active member of the Gender and Sexuality Taskforce.

Douglas Dowling Peach

Douglas Dowling Peach is a PhD student in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University. His research explores issues of music and heritage tourism, transnationalism, memory, and citizenship in the African Diaspora—particularly among Gullah Geechee musicians in coastal South Carolina—and in Sierra Leone. This work is inspired by his former position as Program Director of the South Carolina Folklife and Traditional Arts at McKissick Museum (University of South Carolina) and his work at the South Carolina Arts Commission. He is an active member of the Society for Ethnomusicology at the national and chapter level. He presented at the 2016 SEM Pre-Conference Symposium, “Soundings: Public Sector Ethnomusicology in the 21st Century,” and has been an attendee/volunteer to SEM’s Annual Meetings since 2008. At the chapter level, he was awarded the Dale A. Olsen Prize for Best Student Paper at the 2016 Society for Ethnomusicology Southeast and Caribbean Chapter (SEM-SEC) meeting and served as a consultant for the 2017 SEM-SEC meeting at the College of Charleston (Charleston, SC).

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