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Lillie S. Gordon

Lillie Gordon is an ethnomusicologist, writer, editor, and musician focused on the violin in Egypt. She loves teaching about music in context, playing music that gets people dancing, and writing about music, colonialism, women in sports, and other topics.

Danielle Brown

Danielle Brown, Ph.D. is an artist, scholar, and entrepreneur. Brown earned a doctorate in Music from New York University with a concentration in ethnomusicology and specialization in the music of Latin America and the Caribbean. She is the Founder and CEO of My People Tell Stories, LLC, a company she started based on the premise that people of color in particular, and marginalized people in general, need to tell and interpret their own stories.

Matthew Gilbert

Matthew Gilbert is an ethnomusicology student whose research focuses on instrument production and music-making at the end of the world. You can listen to the noises he makes with guitars and with friends at

Munir Gur

Munir’s main academic interest lies in the examination of sonic representations revolving around ideological symbolisms. His current research investigates the jazz scene in Turkey as a microcosm in which he observes the interplay of music and ideology, contesting positionalities in various nationalism(s) and cosmopolitanism(s), class conflict and differing forms of conservatism.

Elea Shea Anders Proctor

Elea Proctor is a doctoral candidate in musicology at Stanford University. Her research focuses on blackface performance, with particular attention to Black performers in blackface and the afterlife of blackface minstrelsy in the 20th and 21st centuries. 

Denise Gill

Denise Gill is associate professor of ethnomusicology and of Islam & the arts in the Department of Music and the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies at Stanford University, with affiliations in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and The Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.

Ioanida Costache

I am an ethnomusicologist, a violinist and a documentary filmmaker. My current research explores issues of race and ethnicity, performance/construction of identity, affect, cultural memory, trauma, and history as they intersect in Romani musico-oral traditions of Romania. Drawing on a wide repertoire of Romani repertoires, including Holocaust songs and communist-era popular music, my dissertation traces how a markedly Romani sonic-subjectivity forged through musical expression is deeply imbricated in the project of cultural healing. Before coming to Stanford, I earned a B.A.

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