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Julie Strand is a Postdoctoral Teaching Associate in Ethnomusicology at Northeastern University in
Boston, MA. She holds a Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance from the University of Michigan
and a PhD in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University. Dr. Strand first began her international
travel with an independent trip to West Africa in 1997, and her research in the region culminated with
her Fulbright-funded doctoral field research in Burkina Faso from 2002-2004. Her area of expertise
lies in West African percussion music, particularly xylophone music of Burkina Faso, and various
drumming traditions of Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mali, The Gambia, and Senegal. Since then she has taught
and traveled widely around the world, including an annual Dialogue of Civilizations program to Bali,
Indonesia that she designed and has led through Northeastern University since 2011. Fall 2013 will be
Dr. Strand’s third Semester at Sea voyage, having taught the Spring 2007 and 2012 voyages.