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2013-14 First Year Class2013-2014 First Year Graduate Student Class


In Memoriam: Kara Bayless

The student community in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology comprises American and international 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 Festival, Lotus Blossoms, exhibits at Mather's Museum, and many more.

List of Current Graduate Students

Track Interests Year
riaallen @ (Allen, Richard) Folkore   PhD
andersem @ (Anderson, Elise) Ethnomusicology
Dual degree with 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   PhD
subarber @ (Barber, Suzanne) Folklore & Anthropology China; animal welfare movement in China; human-animal studies; posthumanist theory; material culture PhD
dorberry @ (Berry, Dorothy) Ethnomusicology   MA
ebindler @ (Bindler, Eric) Ethnomusicology Popular music; globalization and hybridity; identity; Latin America and the Caribbean PhD Candidate
bryantem @ (Bryant, Emily) Folklore   PhD
mbuchbin @ (Buchbinder, Matthew) Ethnomusicology   MA
ebuhrow @ (Buhrow, Emily) Folklore; Anthropology Material culture; museums; Eastern North America PhD
eburbach @ (Burbach, Elizabeth) Folklore & Anthropology   PhD Candidate
emmburke @ (Burke, Emily) Folklore   PhD
cbuterba @ (Buterbaugh, Chad) Folklore Modern Irish storytelling; culture commemoration PhD Candidate
xc2 @ (Chen, Xiaohong) Folklore Material culture; folk arts; musuems; tourism; heritage preservation; Chinese cultural tradition and identity PhD Candidate
rchocano @ (Chocano, Rodrigo) Ethnomusicology   PhD
gcolom @ (Colom, Gloria) Folklore Material culture; vernacular architecture in the Caribbean PhD
atdibaba @ (Dibaba, Assefa) Folklore Ethnography of resistance poetics, a folkloric, anthropological, and historical inquiry focusing on Salale Oromo folklore and resistance culture; Oromia/Ethiopia PhD Candidate
kgdowns @ (Downs, Kristina) Folklore Native American heroines in the United States and Mexico; immigration; Renaissance Fairs; Latin America PhD Candidate
permey @ (Ermey, Peter) Ethnomusicology Musica Caipira; Brazilian popular music (MPB) PhD Candidate
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
cfriesen @ (Friesen, Carinna) Ethnomusicology Music and religion; identity; immigration and diaspora; West Africa (Burkina Faso) PhD Candidate
ggalarne @ (Galarneau, Genevieve) Ethnomusicology   MA
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
hadleyf @ (Hadley, Fredara M.) Ethnomusicology African American popular music; club culture; electronic dance music PhD Candidate
mlhale @ (Hale, Matthew) Folklore & CMCL Embodiment; material culture; posthumanism and object-oriented philosophy; visual anthropology; media reception and fandom; [inter]textuality; play and humor PhD
cmh2 @ (Harrison, Christina) Ethnomusicology   PhD
jlhemmin @ (Hemming-Austin, Jill) Folklore Public folklore; U.S., oral history; folklore as community mediation; material culture PhD Candidate
whimli @ (Himli, Waleed) Folklore   MA
sgodby @ (Ingalsbe, Suzanne) Folklore Religion; vernacular architecture; material culture; museums PhD Candidate
cdjacob @ (Jacob, Christopher) Ethnomusicology Ritual music; material culture; ethnographic filmmaking; public sector; Latin America MA
tlkaple @ (Kaple, Timon) Ethnomusicology Memory; nostalgia; place; traveling musicians in the U.S.; gender; American vernacular music; Nashville, TN PhD Candidate
mkawabat @ (Kawabata, Mitsuko) Ethnomusicology   PhD Candidate
kennedme @ (Kennedy, Maria) Folklore Ethnography of media; agricultural and food issues; Catskills; rural Britain PhD Candidate
rkunin @ (Kunin, Rebecca) Ethnomusicology   MA
katkuo @ (Kuo, Kathleen) Ethnomusicology   PhD
shaklars @ (Larson, Shannon) Folklore   PhD
lee530 @ (Lee, Michael) Ethnomusicology Music, religion, and popular culture; Genre; United States PhD Candidate
weilee @ (Lee, Wei-Ping) Folklore Puppetry PhD Candidate
davdalew @ (Lewis, David) Ethnomusicology Music and medicine; Caribbean musics; music and gender; timbre PhD Candidate
chelo @ (Lo, Cheikh) Folklore   PhD Candidate
martalis @ (Martin, Alison) Ethnomusicology African-American popular music; go-go music MA
pablmart @ (Martin Dominguez, Pablo) Folklore   PhD Candidate
hfmcfadd @ (McFadden, Heather) Ethnomusicology Public practice and applied ethnomusicology; gender, health and healing; popular music; Latin America; Andes PhD Candidate
mcgrathm @ (McGrath, Meghan) Folklore; Library Science   MA
mcgriffm @ (McGriff, Meredith) Folklore Material culture with an emphasis on pottery and folk arts in the United States; embodiment and creativity; museum studies; public practice PhD
jenmcken @ (McKenzie, Jennifer) Ethnomusicology   PhD
reemoore @ (Moore, Rebekah) Ethnomusicology Music, nationalism, and social politics in Bali; music and indigenous (first nations) politics; Sámi of Northern Finland; popular music
PhD Candidate
ecmorale @ (Morales, Eric) Folklore Polynesian culture and heritage, focusing specificially on the Tahitian dance revival occurring in the United States; festivals; Chicano Studies; supernatural; folklore and the media PhD Candidate
semorale @ (Morales, Selina) Folklore Public interest folklore; community healing; espiritismo; material culture; museums PhD Candidate
jrnguyen @ (Nguyen, Jason) Ethnomusicology Vietnamese and Vietnamese American popular music; homeland politics; cultural performance; culture and heritage policy; traditional Vietnamese music genres PhD Candidate
aobryan @ (O'Bryan, Ann) Folklore   PhD
eobata @ (Obata, Emma) Folklore   MA
jorakwe @ (Orakwe, Jude) Ethnomusicology Church music in African culture; culture in African church music; interplay of religion and culture in African Church Music PhD Candidate
empalomb @ (Palombella, Emily) Folklore   MA
sepappae @ (Pappa-Eddy, Sara) Folklore   MA
jodmperk @ (Perkins, Jodine) Folklore Material culture; foodways; archives; museums PhD Candidate
reedjer @ (Reed, Jeremy) Ethnomusicology   MA
tgrichar @ (Richardson, Thomas) Ethnomusicology American vernacular music; old-time music; transnationalism; revivals; public folklore; African-American country music; Canada PhD Candidate
rrini @ (Rini, Rosalind) Folklore   MA
jsrojas @ (Rojas, Juan) Ethnomusicology Applied and public ethnomusicology; processes of folklorization; music festivals; music and politics; traditional musics; Colombian musics; Afro-Latin American musics PhD Candidate
ascharfe @ (Scharfenberger, Angela) Ethnomusicology West African music; Zimbabwean music; women musicians; advocacy; community PhD Candidate
thschone @ (Schoneboom, Tiffany) Ethnomusicology; Information Science   MA
katschra @ (Schramm, Katharine) Folklore Community ritual; intangible cultural heritage; vernacular religion; chidren's folklore; Okinawa Japan PhD Candidate
oshao @ (Shao, Oliver) Ethnomusicology   PhD
ecshephe @ (Shepherd, Elizabeth) Ethnomusicology   MA
arishiba @ (Shibagaki, Arisa) Folklore   PhD Candidate
slsingle @ (Singleton, Stephanie) Folklore Conspiracy theory; 9/11 Truth Movement; "9/11 was an inside job!" PhD Candidate
memasmit @ (Smith, Meghan) Folklore Lore of plants and mushrooms; water lore; sheep, shepherds, and wool; foodways; holiday and festival MA
shastock @ (Stockton, Shayna) Folklore   MA
melstric @ (Strickland, Melissa) Folklore Mythology and worldview; comparative mythology; myth and ritual; classical culture; Native North America PhD
dptartag @ (Tartaglia, Dominick) Folklore   PhD
jeftolbe @ (Tolbert, Jeff) Folklore Legend and belief; the supernatural; Irish belief traditions; sense of place; folklore in popular culture PhD Candidate
kdtotten @ (Totten, Kelley) Folklore Material culture; creative learning communities - folk schools and DIY collectives; craft as social justice and public dialogue; experimental ethnography PhD Candidate
mtrogolo @ (Trogolo, Maria) Folklore   PhD
duprety @ (Uprety, Dikshant) Ethnomusicology   MA
cagawats @ (Watson, Carolisa) Folklore   MA
kanywat @ (Wattanagun, Kanya) Folklore   PhD
wei2 @ (Wei, Xiaoshi Andrew) Ethnomusicology Digital preservation of intangible cultural heritage PhD Candidate
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
rmwiggin @ (Wiggins, Raynetta) Ethnomusicology   PhD
wilkinsl @ (Wilkins, Langston) Ethnomusicology   PhD Candidate
shapwill @ (Williams, Shaun) Ethnomusicology   MA
brwohang @ (Wohangara, Bernardus) Folklore   PhD Candidate
bwoma @ (Woma, Bernard) Ethnomusicology   MA
woodsmj @ (Woods, Miriam) Folklore Material culture; body art and adornment; clothing; tourism; intangible cultural heritage; Central Asia; Turkey; Iran; Tajikistan MA
clcwrigh @ (Wright, Claire) Ethnomusicology   MA
piwu @ (Wu, Piin-shiuan) Ethnomusicology Music, place, and history; genre and aesthetics; memory culture and nostalgia; film and music; travel writing; historiography PhD Candidate
syetgin @ (Yetgin, Sultan) Folklore   PhD Candidate
myonezu @ (Yonezu, Masatomo) Ethnomusicology Cultural change; rituals; censorship; East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania); Swahili; Mijikenda PhD
youngmia @ (Young, Michael) Ethnomusicology Music and national identity; anthropology of postsocialism and EU integration; cultural performance; Poland and the former Soviet Union; East European state folklore ensembles; nationalism and sport; popular cultures and the culture industries PhD Candidate
mzeringu @ (Zeringue, Maria) Folklore   PhD
lijzhang @ (Zhang, Lijun) Folklore Cultural Heritage; tourism; performance and space; folklife; China and East Asia PhD Candidate