Alessandra Ciucci is a Full Time Lecturer in the Departments of Music, Sociology & Anthropology, and in the International Affairs/Middle East Studies at Northeastern University. She holds a PhD in Ethnomusicology from The Graduate Center of The City University of New York. Her dissertation “Poems of Honor, Voices of Shame: The ‘Aita and the Moroccan Shikhat,” explores the complex relationship between Moroccan society and a genre of sung poetry performed by professional female singer-dancers (shikhat), combines her research interest in the musico-poetic practices of the Middle East with that of women and gender studies as well as the anthropology of religion in the Middle East. She has received fellowships from the Fulbright, the American Institute for Maghrib Studies, and the Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women. She has conducted several years of field research in Morocco and has published several articles based on her dissertation. Her research interests include: Morocco, North Africa, Arabic music, Arab popular music, music of the Mediterranean, sung poetry, music and gender, dance, and performance studies. Prior to Northeastern, she was a Mellon Teaching Fellow/Lecturer in the Music Department at Columbia University.