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  • Aleysia Whitmore
    Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology

    Aleysia Whitmore is an Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Colorado Denver. Her research focuses on the world music industry, globalization, and cultural policy and she teaches popular music, world music, and classical music courses. Her research projects examine West African and Cuban musics in the world music industry as well as cultural policies pertaining to world music in France. Her current book project is an ethnographic study of two world music bands that creatively combine West African and Cuban musics, and the industry and audiences that surround them. A multi-sited ethnographic study of the contemporary world music industry across Europe, West Africa, the Caribbean, and North America, it provides a window into the transnational lives of musicians, industry personnel, and audiences. Aleysia holds a BMus from the University of Toronto and AM and PhD degrees in ethnomusicology from Brown University. She taught at Brown University, Boston College, and the University of Miami before coming to the University of Colorado Denver.

    Selected Publications:

    • “The Art of Representing the Other: Industry Personnel in the World Music Industry.” Ethnomusicology 60.2 (2016): 329-355.

    • “‘Cuban Music is African Music’: Productive Frictions in the World Music Industry.” MUSICultures 40.1 (2013): 121-144.