Areas of specialization
Exchange, historical anthropology, music, poetics and performance, colonialism, textuality, culture theory; North Africa and the Middle East
I am a historical anthropologist whose work focuses on modern North Africa, with particular attention to Algeria and Morocco. My first book, The Lost Paradise: Andalusi Music in Urban North Africa (University of Chicago Press, 2016) explored questions of revival and transmission in an urban performance practice in northwestern Algeria and eastern Morocco. My current project looks at Muslim-Jewish interactions around music and poetry in Algeria and its diaspora in the early modern and modern periods. An active performer of Middle Eastern and North African repertoires through the William and Mary Middle Eastern Music Ensemble, I also regularly teach courses on anthropological theory, cultural anthropology, anthropological approaches to the study of Islam, textuality, and Muslim-Jewish relations in North Africa.
PhD University of Michigan 2008