In the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, recent technological developments in music listening enabled troops to carry vast amounts of music with them and easily acquire new music, for themselves and to share with their fellow troops as well as friends and loved ones far away. This ethnographic study examines U.S. troops’ musical-listening habits during and after war, and the accompanying fear,... Read more
2016. My Music, My War: The Listening Habits of U.S. Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Wesleyan University Press.
2015 (co-edited with Michael Dylan Foster. UNESCO on the Ground: Local Perspectives on Intangible Cultural Heritage. Indiana University Press.
2015 (co-edited with Michael Dylan Foster. “UNESCO on the Ground: Local Perspectives on Global Policy for Intangible Cultural Heritage. Special Issue of the Journal of Folklore Research 52(2-3).
2015. Demonic or Cultural Treasure: Local Perspectives on Vimbuza, Intangible Cultural Heritage, and UNESCO in Malawi. Journal of Folklore Research 52 (2-3): 199-216.
2013. 抗争”之辨：多重能动性、性别和马拉维(Resisting Resistance: Multiple Agencies, Gender, and Politics in Malawi), trans. 李生柱、彭瑞红（Li Shengzhu and Peng Ruihong）民俗研究 (Journal: Folklore Studies. (期 2): 第-页 (12-25)
2013. Troupes Hors-Sol: Music, Espace, Mémoire dans la Guerre en Irak (Grounding the Troops: Music, Place, and Memory in the Iraq War). Écoute: Discour, Pratiques, Médiation (Volume !: The Journal of Popular Music Studies). 10 (1): 171-88.
2012. Oppositional Positioning: The Military Identification of Young Anti-War Veterans. In Warrior Ways: Explorations in Modern Military Folklore, eds. Tad Tuleja and Eric Eliason. Utah State University Press.
2010 An American Soldier’s Ipod: Layers of Identity and Situated Listening in Iraq. Music and Politics 4 (2).
2009 The Dance of Politics: Performance, Gender, and Democratization in Malawi. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
Ph.D. Indiana University, Bloomington, 2001.
As a folklorist, I examine the intersections between creative expressions and social, political, and economic dynamics. I am especially interested in relationships between performance genres, usually dance and music, and issues of power related to gender, class, cultural identity, and politics.
- American Folklore Society, Member of Executive Board
- Society for Ethnomusicology
- International Council for Traditional Music
- Congress on Research in Dance
- African Studies Association
- National Women’s Studies Association
- Folklore and Ethnomusicology fieldwork methods handbook
- Edited volume called Everyday Life on the African Continet
- The politics of intangible cultural heritage in Malawi.
- The musical listening practices of American troops fighting in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Anti-war activism of contemporary American war veterans.
- Gender, dance and other performance genres, and gender in Malawi
- Intangible Cultural Heritage
- African Studies
- Music, Dance and War
- Personal Narratives
- Performance and Power