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Associate Professor of Music

Michelle Kisliuk

University of Virginia

Michelle Kisliuk, Associate Professor of Music at the University of Virginia, received the doctorate in Performance Studies from New York University in 1991. Integrating theory and practice, since 1986 she has researched the music, dance, daily life, and cultural politics of forest people (BaAka) in the Central African Republic. She has also published on urban music and dance in Bangui (the capital city), and her work extends as well to the socioesthetics of jam sessions at bluegrass festivals in the United States. Her essays have appeared in collections including Shadows in the Field (Oxford University Press), Teaching Performance Studies(University of Southern Illinois Press), Performing Ethnomusicology(University of California Press) and Music and Gender (University of Illinois Press). Her book, Seize the Dance! BaAka Musical Life and the Ethnography of Performance (Oxford University Press) won the ASCAP Deems Taylor Special Recognition Award. She has been a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and a Laura Boulton Senior Fellow in Ethnomusicology. Her current book project is a collection of theoretical essays and case studies that address performance ethnography. Along with her academic teaching in Music in Everyday Life and Field Research and Ethnography of Performance, she directs the UVA African Music and Dance Ensemble.