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Murphy, John

PhD, Columbia University, 1994

"Performing a Moral Vision: An Ethnography of Cavalo-Marinho, a Brazilian Music Drama"

Podstavsky, Sviatoslav

PhD, Columbia University, 1992

"Hausa Roko and Maroka: Social Dimensions of Professional Entertainment in Argungu, Northern Nigeria"

Fikentscher, Kai

PhD, Columbia University, 1996

"'You better work!': Music, Dance, and Marginality in Underground Dance Clubs of New York City"

Jackson, Travis

PhD, Columbia University, 1998

“Performance and Musical Meaning: Analyzing 'Jazz' on the New York Scene"

Kaye, Andrew

PhD, Columbia University, 1992

"Koo Nimo and His Circle: A Ghanaian Musician in Ethnomusicological Perspective"

Saighoe, Francis

PhD, Columbia University, 1988

"The Music Behavior in Dagaba Immigrants in Tarkwa, Ghana: A Study of Situational Change"

Sturman, Janet

PhD, Columbia University, 1987

"Zarzuela in New York: Contributions of Lyric Theatre to Hispanic Identity"

Washburne, Christopher

PhD, Columbia University, 1999

“Salsa in New York: A Musical Ethnography"

Wilcken, Lois

PhD, Columbia University, 1991

"Music Folklore among Haitians in New York: Staged Representations and the Negotiation of Identity"

Norfleet, Dawn

PhD, Columbia University 1997

"'Hip-hop culture' in New York City: The role of verbal musical performance in defining a community"

Paul Yoon to Teach at Bowling Green State University

Congratulations to Paul Yoon, (PhD 2003) who will be assuming a position as an Instructor in the Music Department at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, beginning in 2006-7.

Yoon, Paul

(BA from the University of Michigan with a double major in Philosophy and Music; PhD in Ethnomusicology, Columbia) wrote his MA thesis on "Soh Daiko: Negotiation and Construction of an Asian American Identity." This thesis focused on the difficulties found in presenting a unified pan-Asian identity while performing a uniquely Japanese art form. His dissertation is entitled "The Korean American Presbyterian Church of Queens: An Acoustemology of Place and Identity in an Ethnic Church," and was sponsored by Prof. Fox. It was defended in May, 2004. His academic service has included teaching Music Humanities for the Department of Music at Columbia and working as a TA for Asian Music Humanities. He has been a senior editor for Current Musicology. His article “’She’s really become Japanese now!': Taiko Drumming and Asian American identifications” was published in the Winter 2001 issue of Asian Music. His dissertation, sponsored by Prof. Fox, is an ethnography of a Korean Presbyterian church community in Queens, New York.  read more »

Wong, Cynthia

(BM in Piano Performance with Departmental Honors, magna cum laude, from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 1990; MM in Musicology, with emphasis in ethnomusicology, from Florida State University 1993 with a thesis titled “The East is Red: Musicians and Politics of the Chinese Cultural Revolution 1966-76;” MM Education in Arts Administration from Florida State University 1993; MPhil in Ethnomusicology from Columbia 1998) is finishing her dissertation on “'Rock and Roll on the New Long March': Rock, Commerce, and Identity in Late 20th Century China”.  read more »

Wilson, James Dale

(BM cum laude 1991 and MM 1993 from North Texas in Jazz Arranging and Music Theory; MA in Ethnomusicology from Columbia 1997 with a thesis titled "Fuzhou Flower Shops: Heat and Noise and the Fashioning of New Traditions”; MPhil 1999; PhD 2003). Dr. Wilson's dissertation, was sponsored by Prof. Fox, and was defended in December, 2003, is It is entitled “Dalang Yinyue She: Ritual Performance in the Transnational Context” Dr. Wilson is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at Connecticut College. His dissertation research was supported by a Fulbright Fellowship. He is a jazz pianist, and has twice taught the core course in Asian Music Humanities (East and Southeast Asia) at Columbia. He also served as senior editor and sat on the editorial board of Current Musicology. Duriing 2004, Dr. Wilson was a post-doctoral fellow in Asian Studies at Yale University.  read more »

Willoughby, Heather

(BA of Music in Music/Music Education from Brigham Young University 1991; MA in Ethnomusicology from Columbia 1997 with a thesis on "East vs. West: Perceptions and Issues in New York City's Folk Scenes". MPhil 1999; Ph.D., 2002). Dr. Willoughby's dissertation on "The Sound of Han: P'ansori, Timbre, and a Korean Ethos of Suffering and Lament," sponsored by Prof. Fox, was defended successfully in 2002. Her major field of interest is in traditional Korean music, with a secondary focus on American popular musics. Her research was funded by the Korea Foundation and the Mellon Foundation. Her publications include an article "The Sound of Han: P'ansori, Timbre and a Korean Ethos of Pain and Suffering", Yearbook for Traditional Music 32, 2000:17-30, and she has presented papers at the meetings of the Society for Ethnomusicology and the International Council for Traditional Music. IN 2004-5, she held a post-doctoral fellowship as an East Asian Studies Teaching Fellow at Wittenberg University, in Springfield, Ohio. Currently, she is a member of the faculty of Ewha Women's University in Korea.

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