Assistant Professor of Music
Concurrent Assistant Professor of Anthropology
(PhD, University of Cambridge)
105 Decio Hall
Geographic focus: Middle East, Arab World and its contemporary diasporas.
Thematic interests: Music and religion (especially Levantine Christian and Muslim traditions), Syriac chant, music and popular culture in Arabic-speaking societies, music and nationhood in the contemporary Arab World.
Current research: Issues of contemporary modality and musical systems, identity, minority and ethno-religiosity, society and performance, emotion, survival, nation and power.
“Chant as the Articulation of Christian Aramaean Spirithood” in Suzel Reily and Jonathan Dueck, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Music and World Christianities (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)
“Syriac Chant in Ṣadad: A Narrative of Survival” in Annemarie Firme and Ramona Hocker, eds., Von Schlachthymnen und Protestsongs: Zur Kulturgeschichte des Verhältnisses von Musik und Krieg (Transcript Verlag, 2006)