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 current projects draw on ethnographic and archival work to consider the entanglement of materiality, personhood, and temporality in the urban, Arabic-language musical and poetic practice known as Andalusi music. My book, The Lost Paradise: Andalusi Music in Urban North Africa, is scheduled for publication in February 2016 through the University of Chicago Press. In addition, I am working on a new book project, tentatively titled Muslims, Jews, and Music in North Africa, that thinks through problems of genre (musical, religious, ethnic, linguistic, and gender- and class-based) in the colonial and postcolonial Maghrib.
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, the culture concept, historical anthropology, North Africa since 1500, and anthropological approaches to the study of Islam.