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’s research in ethnomusicology and linguistic anthropology examines the cultural politics of expressive practices and minority rights. She focuses on how Romani (“Gypsy”) populations use music and language to serve their own social, political, and economic interests. Through ethnographic, performance-based, and archival research methods, her work takes an interdisciplinary approach to how expressive practices intersect with power dynamics among majority and minority groups. Siv has published in Popular Music and Society and Ethnic and Racial Studies and has a piece forthcoming in 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, and Co-Curator of the Music section of RomArchive, a digital archive of Romani arts set to launch in 2018. She earned her Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the Department of Music at New York University with a dissertation titled “The Cultural Politics of Jazz Manouche and Romani Representation in France.” Siv is also a violinist, violist, and vocalist in a variety of genres.