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Michelle Kisliuk holds a doctorate in performance studies from New York University (1991) and is currently Associate Professor of Music at the University of Virginia, teaching ethnomusicology and performance theory. She has a long-term research focus in Central Africa (BaAka "pygmies" and urban popular musics), and specializes in sociomusical dynamics and the ethnography of performance (including bluegrass and African musics). She has received major research grants from the National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and has been a Mellon Fellow in Ethnomusicology (1991) and a Laura C. Boulton Senior Fellow in Ethnomusicology (2001). She has published essays in collections for Oxford University Press, University of California Press, University of Illinois Press, and Southern Illinois University Press. Her book, published by Oxford University Press, is entitled ‘Seize the Dance!’ BaAka Musical Life and the Ethnography of Performance (1998, paper 2000), which won the ASCAP Deems Taylor Special Recognition Award in 1999. One of her current research projects is entitled “Performing Piety: Popular Musics, Social Crisis, and Fundamentalist Ascendancy in the Central African Republic.”


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