Siv B. Lie is a Ph.D. candidate in ethnomusicology with a specialization in linguistic anthropology. Her work draws on ethnographic, historical, and performance-based research to explore the cultural politics of expressive practices and minority rights. She writes about how Romani ("Gypsy") populations use music and language to serve their own political and economic interests. Siv is co-founder and Principal Coordinator of the Initiative for Romani Music at New York University, an organization that brings together scholars, artists, and community members to raise awareness about Romani musics and cultures.