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2017-2018 First Year Graduate Student Class


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 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
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   MA
subarber @ (Barber, Suzanne) Folklore & Anthropology China; animal welfare movement in China; human-animal studies; posthumanist theory; material culture PhD Candidate
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 MA
bryantem @ (Bryant, Emily) Folklore Material culture, museums


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
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

Encounters Podcast co-host
PhD Candidate
cfriesen @ (Friesen, Carinna) Ethnomusicology Music and religion; identity; immigration and diaspora; West Africa (Burkina Faso) 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
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 Candidate
cmh2 @ (Harrison, Christina) Ethnomusicology   PhD Candidate
ehasken @ (Hasken, Eleanor) Folklore Women's folklife; recreational folklore; foodways; performance; Iceland; narrative; belief; the supernatural

Encounters Podcast co-host
kimheilm @ (Heilman, Kimberleigh) Folklore

Self/Other, Experiential Belief Lore, Ghost and Monster Lore (especially contemporary), Shared Rhetoric of Belief, Eternity/Immortality, Paracosms, Linguistic Relativity, Perception and Reality

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
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   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
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; ethnomusicology MA
martalis @ (Martin, Alison) Ethnomusicology African-American popular music; go-go music PhD
hfmcfadd @ (McFadden, Heather) Ethnomusicology Popular music; gender; Latin America PhD Candidate
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   PhD
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
catmulle @ (Mullen, Kate) Ethnomusicology   PhD
myersmij @ (Myers, Micky) Folklore Occupational folklife; personal narratives; labor unions; public folklore; the Midwest MA
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
dpeach @ (Peach, Doug) Ethnomusicology   PhD
ppromsen @ (Promsen, Patawee) Folklore arrative, memory and commemoration, oral history, SE Asia, Thailand, ethnography of religion, Buddhism PhD
reedjer @ (Reed, Jeremy) Ethnomusicology   PhD
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   PhD
rrini @ (Rini, Rosalind) Folklore   PhD
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
oshao @ (Shao, Oliver) Ethnomusicology   PhD Candidate
dptartag @ (Tartaglia, Dominick) Folklore   PhD Candidate
duprety @ (Uprety, Dikshant) Ethnomusicology   PhD
hwarnere @ (Warner-Evans, Hilary) Folklore   MA
cagawats @ (Watson, Carolisa) 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
mgwienek @ (Wieneke, Marisa) Folklore   MA
rmwiggin @ (Wiggins, Raynetta) Ethnomusicology   PhD Candidate
jsw4 @ (Williams, Jennie) Ethnomusicology   PhD
shapwill @ (Williams, Shaun) Ethnomusicology   PhD Candidate
wwuerxiy @ (Wuerxiya) Folklore Inner Mongolia, material culture, costume, folk custom MA
clcwrigh @ (Wright, Claire) Ethnomusicology; Anthropology