Conducting studio interview in Nairobi 2010

Assistant Professor of Music at NYU Abu Dhabi

Research on music and sound culture in urban Kenya


I am currently writing a book on popular music and cultural citizenship in urban Kenya, while also carrying out long-term research on the music recording industry in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. I have published articles and chapters on voice, place, and identity on Kenya’s Swahili coast.

I received my PhD in ethnomusicology from Columbia University in 2009, and carried out postdoctoral research between 2010 and 2013 as a participant in the European Research Council’s “Music, Digitization, Mediation” project led by Professor Georgina Born at Oxford University.

I have previously held teaching positions in music and anthropology at Northwestern University, Stony Brook University, and Bard College. In my current post at NYU Abu Dhabi, I teach seminar courses in music and anthropology, and performance practice courses in the area of Arab music. I also help direct the interdisciplinary African studies minor and seminar series.