Associate Professor David Samuels
Associate Professor Maureen Mahon
Associate Professor J. Martin Daughtry (in Abu Dhabi 2015-16)
Assistant Professor Christine Dang
Affiliated Associate Professor Deborah Kapchan
NYU Global Distinguished Professor Mick Moloney
The ethnomusicology specialization at NYU emphasizes critical and experimental approaches to the anthropology of sound. While this area assigns central importance to ethnography, we are resolutely interdisciplinary, incorporating methodologies and theoretical orientations from fields throughout the humanities and social sciences. Our broad definition of ethnomusicology allows us to engage with issues of perennial concern to the discipline (e.g., representation, identity, memory, nationalism, diaspora, indigeneity, place/space, performativity, listening practices, power, ethics) as well as with less conventional sets of questions that are emerging from sound studies, psychoacoustics, trauma studies, science and technology studies, and other hybrid fields. This commitment to seeking out new and flexible avenues of inquiry is grounded by our shared interest in producing analyses that combine close attention to sonic detail with a heightened awareness of the ways people make, disseminate and consume music.
While we support ethnographic projects in all possible contexts, our students hone their research skills within the complex environment of New York City and grapple with the production and circulation of “local” knowledges in densely populated areas that are shot through with transnational flows and disjunctures. We are highly selective, accepting two or three students each year in order to maintain excellent advising, funding, matriculation, and job placement. We regard our graduate students as colleagues and collaborators, and work to engage them in joint teaching, research and publication projects. The ethnomusicology specialization is conceptualized in profound interrelationship with other areas of study in the department and departments in the university and our doctoral students may take courses at CUNY Graduate Center, Columbia University, the New School University, and other distinguished universities in the region through the Inter-University Doctoral Consortium.
The Society for Ethnomusicology
Gender and Sexuality Taskforce