Ingrid Bianca Byerly (Discipline: Ethnomusicology)

Voyages: Spring 2014

Professor Ingrid Bianca Byerly is Senior  Lecturing Felllow and Research Scholar in the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Center for Pre-Major Advising at Duke University. She is a South African interdisciplinary scholar whose focus lies in the investigation of social protest movements and music revolutions. In the decade leading up to the end of Apartheid, she served as teacher and lecturer in cross-cultural communications throughout South Africa. In that time, she combined her training in music with a fascination for the role of protest music in politics, and her doctoral dissertation explored the lives and works of musicians dedicating their art towards social change in a countries undergoing political transition and social transformation; individuals whose dedication created not only new South Africans, but also a new global citizens.  Dr. Byerly has also offered courses in protest literature, study skills, public speaking and intercultural communication in South Africa, England, Russia, the United States. She has also held the position of lecturer and Course Director for international students from 45 countries at the  annual Regent Courses in Oxford, England, for ten summer sessions. A fellow of Sigma Xi and the American Council of Learned Societies, her interests include filmmaking (for which she was awarded the Panasonic Individual Videomakers’ Award in London for When Nations Meet), and the investigation of global revolutionary movements (for which her research received the Charles Seeger Prize in Toronto, Canada from the Society for Ethnomusicology). Her current teaching focus lies in courses such as The Politics of Music, and Breaking Sound Barriers, her advisory focus lies in Research Design (for students returning from global volunteer fieldwork programs) and the Senior Honors Theses (for students graduating with distinction). Dr. Byerly has traveled on the mv Explorer for the Summer 2011 Semester at Sea Mediterranean Basin voyage. She considers being mother of three sons, and teaching on Semester at Sea ‘the two best jobs on earth.’