Siv B. Lie
Assistant Professor, Ethnomusicology Musicology & Ethnomusicology Division
B.A., Cultural Anthropology and Gastronomy, Boston University; Ph.D. and M.A., Ethnomusicology, New York University
Siv B. Lie is an assistant professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research in ethnomusicology and linguistic anthropology examines relationships between cultural production and minority rights. She focuses on how Romani (“Gypsy”) populations use music and language to serve their own social, political, and economic interests. Her current book project, tentatively titled Django Generations: Constructing Ethnorace, Citizenship, and Jazz Manouche in France, argues that music and discourse about music profoundly shape senses of ethnoracial and national belonging among French Manouche populations. Through ethnographic, performance-based, and archival research methods, her work takes an interdisciplinary approach to exploring the politics of expressive practices and the commodification of culture. Dr. Lie has published in Popular Music and Society, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and Jazz and Culture. She is co-founder and Principal Coordinator of the Initiative for Romani Music at New York University, an organization that brings together scholars, artists, and community members to raise awareness about Romani musics and cultures. She is also Curator of the Music section of RomArchive, the first digital archive of Romani arts and cultures led primarily by Roma. Dr. Lie earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Music at New York University and is also a violinist, violist, and vocalist in a variety of genres.