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2018-2019 First Year Graduate Student Class


The student community in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology is comprised of students interested in diverse subjects and cultural areas.

There are two student organizations – the Ethnomusicology Student Association (ESA) and the Folklore Student Association (FSA). For more information, please see Student Associations.

Apart from department-based activities, students also participate in Bloomington cultural events such as Lotus World Music and Arts Festival, Lotus Blossoms, exhibits at Mathers Museum of World Culture, and many more.

List of Current Graduate Students

Track Interests Year
amfwagg @ (Aiyegbusi, Amy) Ethnomusicology European Hip Hop, German Hip Hop, Turkish German Diaspora, Afro-German Diaspora, Transnationalism, Identity, Gender, Ethnicity, Performative Identity, Imagined Communities, Media Representation PhD
rajamoug @ (Ajamoughli, Aliah) Ethnomusicology   PhD Candidate
andersem @ (Anderson, Elise) Ethnomusicology;
Central Eurasian Studies
Historical ethnomusicology; ethnographic research; comparative methodologies; intellectual histories; Intangible Cultural Heritage; Uyghurs, Xinjiang; Central Asia; Uyghur On Ikki Muqami (Uyghur Twelve Muqams); meshrep; maqam/muqam traditions; Uyghur diaspora. Access her profile here. PhD Candidate
kwbaer @ (Baer, Kurt) Ethnomusicology Thailand PhD Candidate
jbaptist @ (Baptiste, Jamaal) Ethnomusicology   PhD
boswortk @ (Bosworth, Kelly) Ethnomusicology

Music and grieving; American vernacular music; emotional labor; applied and activist ethnomusicology

dobradle @ (Bradley, Donald) Ethnomusicology US roots music, bluegrass, Japan, identity MA
benbridg @ (Bridges, Benjamin) Folklore Narrative, myth, belief studies, cultural tourism, pottery, Latin America, the American South MA
rodbrill @ (Brillhart, Ross) Ethnomusicology Music and healing; medical ethnomusicology; music and addiction; jam band culture; Jamaican music and religion; ecomusicology PhD
bryantem @ (Bryant, Emily) Folklore Material Culture: dress and adornment (dissertation focus--Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia), decorative arts, folk and outsider art (Mexican folk art); foodways; traditional music (Ireland, American South, Appalachia); Irish/Celtic studies


emmburke @ (Burke, Emily) Folklore Belief, legend PhD Candidate
lrcampbe @ (Campbell-Maher, Lydia) Ethnomusicology Ireland; music and health; neurodiversity; applied ethnomusicology PhD
rchocano @ (Chocano, Rodrigo) Ethnomusicology  


gcolom @ (Colom, Gloria) Folklore Material culture; vernacular architecture in the Caribbean PhD
dannerb @ (Danner, Benjamin) Folklore intersections of religion, science, and health; folk belief and medicine; applied medical folkloristics PhD
hdux @ (Dux, Hunter) Ethnomusicology MA
cexdell @ (Exdell, Charles) Ethnomusicology Brazil, African Diaspora in Latin America, critical race theory, engaged ethnomusicology, historical ethnomusicology, filmmaking and ethnography PhD
ttferdin @ (Ferdinand, Tricia) Folklore Intersection between literature and folkore; issues of nostalgia and nationalism; folklore and literature of Anglophone Caribbean PhD Candidate
jafiveco @ (Fivecoate, Jesse) Folklore Cultural construction and politics of identity, concerning transnational and transcultural identity formation, particularly Irishness; narrative, belief, memory, and the supernatural in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland
PhD Candidate
ndgibson @ (Gibson, Nathan) Ethnomusicology Popular music; social movements; recording industry; transnationalism; performance; identity; tradition; representation; nostalgia; audio archives and media preservation; United States and Northern Europe PhD Candidate
plguerre @ (Guerrero, Paulina) Folklore Women's occupational folklore; narrative; urban legends; urban fantasy fiction; Puerto Rican music PhD Candidate
cmh2 @ (Harrison, Christina) Ethnomusicology   PhD Candidate
ehasken @ (Hasken, Eleanor) Folklore Women's folklife; recreational folklore; foodways; performance; Iceland; narrative; belief; the supernatural
dinam @ (Inam, Dilara) Folklore Turkey; storytelling; oral traditions and verbal art; women’s folklore, performance studies, folklorization, children’s folklore PhD
jamechmo @ (James, Christian) Ethnomusicology Advocacy ethnomusicology, critical ethnography, music and social movements, Indian NGO sector, Himachali folk music, U.S. evangelicalism MA
cj209 @ (Johnson, Chris) Ethnomusicology India PhD Candidate
kaj12 @ (Johnson, Kennedi) Ethnomusicology

Applied ethnomusicology, music of the African diaspora, music education, sound studies/ racialized sound, protest music, hip-hop

mkawabat @ (Kawabata, Mitsuko) Ethnomusicology   PhD Candidate
rkunin @ (Kunin, Rebecca) Ethnomusicology Punk and zine culture PhD
katkuo @ (Kuo, Kathleen) Ethnomusicology

Applied ethnomusicology; intangible cultural heritage; psychology of music; archives; intellectual and cultural property rights; music and technology; video game music and fandom; Central Asia; Mongolia; tourism; gender and fieldwork

shaklars @ (Larson, Shannon) Folklore Legend, belief, folk medicine, narrative PhD Candidate
sarlawso @ (Lawson, Sarah) Folklore PhD
matlind @ (Lind, Mathilde) Folklore Material culture with an emphasis on fiber arts; the role of craft traditions in national identity; Celtic language revival movements; animism; Shetland; Orkney PhD
mjling @ (Ling, Micah) Folklore

Material culture; dress and adornment; quilts and textiles; material imagination; old-time music; the Upper Midwest; Scandinavia; Appalachia; queer folklife; public folklore; museums

chelo @ (Lo, Cheikh) Folklore   PhD Candidate
amelopez @ (Lopez, Amelia) Ethnomusicology Colombia MA
amalueck @ (Lueck, Amanda) Ethnomusicology MA
martalis @ (Martin, Alison) Ethnomusicology African-American popular music; go-go music PhD Candidate
andymart @ (Martinez, Andy) Folklore PhD
hfmcfadd @ (McFadden, Heather) Ethnomusicology Popular music; gender; Latin America PhD Candidate
aimcknig @ (McKnight, Addie) Folklore Material culture, museums, religious art, Tibetan Buddhism, tourism, diaspora communities MA
bmcginne @ (McGinness, Barbara) Folklore   MA
jenmcken @ (McKenzie, Jennifer) Ethnomusicology   PhD Candidate
evamee @ (Mee, Evangeline) Folklore Social dance; ethnographic research; performance studies; festival; transculturation; embodiment; gender; American South; critical heritage studies MA
carhmill @ (Miller, Caroline) Folklore Irish Travellers, women's personal narrative, collaborative methodologies, displacement and eviction, rumor and legend, traditionalization of craft moonshinePhD
catmulle @ (Mullen, Kate) Ethnomusicology Archives PhD
myersmij @ (Myers, Micky) Folklore Occupational folklife; personal narratives; labor unions; public folklore; the Midwest PhD
Neupane, Suyash Kumar Ethnomusicology Intersectional identities among Nepali musicians (esp. that of caste); Ritual music and performance space in Nepali society; formal/non-formal transmission of music; North Indian Classical music; South-Asian popular music; Music and spirituality MA
jrnguyen @ (Nguyen, Jason) Ethnomusicology Vietnamese and Vietnamese American popular music; homeland politics; cultural performance; culture and heritage policy; traditional Vietnamese music genres PhD Candidate
sepappae @ (Pappa-Eddy, Emmie) Folklore   PhD Candidate
dpeach @ (Peach, Doug) Ethnomusicology   PhD Candidate
ppromsen @ (Promsen, Patawee) Folklore Narrative, memory and commemoration, oral history, SE Asia, Thailand, ethnography of religion, Buddhism PhD
reedjer @ (Reed, Jeremy) Ethnomusicology   PhD Candidate
tgrichar @ (Richardson, Thomas) Folklore American vernacular music; old-time music; transnationalism; revivals; public folklore; African-American country music; Canada PhD Candidate
jesriddl @ (Riddle, Jessie) Folklore Latinx vernacular Catholicism in the United States, festivals for the Virgin of Guadalupe, fairy tale studies, digitgal humanities, sense of placePhD
rrini @ (Rini Larson, Rosalind) Folklore   PhD Candidate
oshao @ (Shao, Oliver) Ethnomusicology   PhD Candidate
elansmit @ (Smith, Ellise) Ethnomusicology MA
dptartag @ (Tartaglia, Dominick) Folklore   PhD Candidate
cjtatem @ (Tatem, Caroline) Folklore Ireland PhD
duprety @ (Uprety, Dikshant) Ethnomusicology   PhD Candidate
hwarnere @ (Warner-Evans, Hilary) Folklore   PhD
michwiat @ (Wiatrowski, Myc) Folklore Critical ethnography; folklore and the politics of identity; health and illness; human rights; internet folklore; narrative; popular culture; public folklore PhD Candidate
mgwienek @ (Wieneke, Marisa) Folklore   PhD
jsw4 @ (Williams, Jennie) Ethnomusicology State Folklife PhD
shapwill @ (Williams, Shaun) Ethnomusicology Critical ethnography; social movements; minority rights; Romani culture; transnationalism; identity; Yiddish culture; ethnographic film; audio archives; Eastern Europe PhD Candidate