Erica Haskell, Ph.D.

Erica Haskell Headshot
Associate Professor
Chair of Division of Performing Arts

Music Department
College of Arts and Sciences
Education

Brown University, Providence, RI
Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology May 2011
M.A. in Ethnomusicology awarded May 2003

Mills College, Oakland, CA
B.A. in Music awarded May 1998 in Music Performance (with highest honors)

Mozarteum - Conservatory of Music, Salzburg, Austria
1996-1997 (flute studio of Michael Köfler)

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Exchange Scholar, Music Department, Spring 2003

Islamic Faculty Sarajevo – Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Diploma in Islamic Studies, Spring 2011

About Erica

Erica Haskell is the Chair of the Division of Performing Arts, the Chair of the Department of Music and Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of New Haven. She holds a Ph.D. and MA in ethnomusicology from Brown University and a BA in music performance from Mills College (CA). She teaches courses in The Politics of Music, Film Music, Illegality in Theater and Music, World Music and American Roots Music.

Haskell is the co-founder of Free Dirt Records a record label that also offered distribution, management and publishing administration services. Free Dirt has released albums by Pokey LaFarge, Anna and Elizabeth, Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerard, Rachel Baiman,Vivian Leva and The Wilders among others. She is also co-producer of the critically acclaimed American folk music album Starlight on the Rails by U. Utah Phillips released on AK Press and Daemon Records. Haskell founded a music-recording project in three Hungarian refugee camps which was the subject of articles about refugee music in the Utne Reader and ai magazine (Art International).

She has spent more than a decade living abroad; in Cambodia, Morocco, Tunisia, Bosnia Herzegovina and throughout Europe. In her dissertation she explored the politics of music, applied ethnomusicology, and the involvement of international humanitarian organizations in cultural events and projects in Bosnia-Herzegovina. She is particularly interested in the interaction between and intersection of cultural activities (such as radio, festivals and record production which are the subjects of three of the case studies) and international projects in humanitarian assistance, democracy assistance, economic development, peace initiatives and civil-society building within the context of historical periods of occupation.

Her chapter, "The Role of Applied Ethnomusicology in Post-conflict and Post-catastrophe Communities", was published in The Handbook of Applied Ethnomusicology by Oxford University Press in 2015 and "Funding Festivals: Bringing the World to the Capital, Sarajevo" was published in Muzikoloski Zbornik (Musicology – Institute of Musicology, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts in January of 2017.

In 2012 she was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Graz, Institute for Ethnomusicology where she taught classes on the History of Transcription and the Politics of Music. She has also held teaching fellowships at Wheaton College (Massachusetts) and Tougaloo College (Mississippi). She worked at the Library of Congress American Folklife Center and the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and was co-editor of Shared Musics and Minority Identities - International Council for Traditional Music - Music and Minorities 2004 Volume published by the Institute for Ethnology and Folklore Research, with Naila Ceribašić.

Teaching & Administrative Positions

University of New Haven, Department of Music, College of Arts and Sciences (West Haven, CT).

  • Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology (Fall 2018 – present)
  • Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology (Fall 2012 – Spring 2018)
  • Chair, Division of Performing Arts (Fall 2015 – present)
  • Chair, Department of Music (Fall 2015 – present)
  • Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (Fall 2014 – Spring 2015)

Course titles:
Introduction to Music
Introduction to World Music
Film Music
The Politics of Music – Honors Seminar
American Roots Music

University of Graz, Institute for Ethnomusicology (Graz, Austria). Post-Doctoral Fellowship.
Course titles: Transcription and Notation, The Politics of Music (Spring 2012).

Tougaloo College, Department of Music (Jackson, MS). Brown/Tougaloo Faculty Fellows Program
Course title: Introduction to Music (Fall 2009)

Wheaton College, Department of Music (Norton, MA). Faculty Fellow Program
Course title: The Politics of Music (Spring 2009)

Brown University, Department of Music. (Providence, RI). Co-developed and co-taught
Course title: World Music Cultures (Africa, America, Europe and Latin America) (Fall 2008)

Teaching certificate: The Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching in Higher Education, Brown University (08)

Brown University Teaching Assistantships: (taught selected lectures, led sections, graded papers/exams, etc.)
American Roots Music - Professor Jeff Titon (08)
Introduction to Western Music – Dean of the College, Katherine Bergeron (07)
Introduction to Ethnomusicology - Professor Jeff Titon (04)
Introduction to Ethnomusicology, World Music - Professor Jeff Titon (03)
Old Time, Bluegrass, and Country - Professor Jeff Titon (02)

Brown University, Music Department. Co-developed and co-taught course
Course title: Studies in Ethnomusicology - Applied Ethnomusicology – Jeff Titon (03) and Maureen Loughran

Publications

Article - "Funding Festivals: Bringing the World to the Capital, Sarajevo" Muzikoloski Zbornik (Musicology – Institute of Musicology, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. (January 2017)
Link to Article

Chapter - "The role of applied ethnomusicology in post-conflict and post-catastrophe communities," Applied Ethnomusicology Handbook. (2015). Edited by Jeff Todd Titon and Svanibor Pettan. Oxford University Press. (Paperbound edition forthcoming 2018)
Link to Chapter

Review - Journal of Baltic Studies. Routledge Press. "The power of song: Nonviolent national culture in the Baltic singing revolution by Guntis Šmidchens. Seattle & London, University of Washington Press; Copenhagen, Museum Tusculanum Press, (May 2015).
Link to Review

Article - "Managing Musical Diversity within Frameworks of Western Development Aid: Views from Ukraine, Georgia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina," co-authored with Adriana Helbig and Nino Tsitsishvili in Yearbook for Traditional Music 40 (2008).

Editor - Shared Musics and Minority Identities – International Council for Traditional Music - Music and Minorities 2004 Volume, published by the Institute for Ethnology and Folklore Research, with Naila Ceribasic (August 2006). Reviewed by Carol Silverman in Ethnomusicology, Vol. 52.

Article - "Aiding Harmony? International Humanitarian Aid and the Role of Applied Ethnomusicologists" in Shared Musics and Minority Identities – International Council for Traditional Music - Music and Minorities 2004 Volume, published by the Institute for Ethnology and Folklore Research, with Naila Ceribasic.
Link to Article

Article - "International Humanitarian Aid and the Role of Applied Ethnomusicologists" - Shared Musics and Minority Identities, published by the Institute for Ethnology and Folklore Research, (August 2006).

Album Review - Smithsonian Folkways Recordings "Bells and Winter Festivals of Greek Macedonia, Featuring the Romani Instrumentalists of Jumaya." The World of Music (46(3) - 2004).

Album Review - CCn’C Recordings "Irén Lovász and Teagrass, Wide is the Danube."The World of Music (46(3) - 2004).

Music Releases

Co-producer album Alice Gerrard & Hazel Dickens: The DC House Sessions – an archival release of several recordings made during the 1960s by these female bluegrass musicians. Free Dirt Records, May 2017.

Albums released on Traderoot and Free Dirt Records. (http://www.traderootmusic.com)

Producer of album titled Starlight on the Rails, the U. Utah Songbook – four CD retrospective of Utah Phillip’s music and stories about American worker’s unions, hobos, and the rough life, released on AK Press and Daemon Records (May 2005).

Producer of five XenoMusic Music from Central and Eastern Europe Album Compilations titled: "Best of XenoMusic.com 2001", "Folk, Ethnic, and World Fusion", "Electronica, Dance, and Hip-Hop", "Classical and Jazz", "Rock, Metal and Blues" (voted one of the "Ten Best Albums of 2001" by the San Jose Mercury News).

Author of dustback cover blurbs for Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and Trade Root Music, LLC albums
"The Legends of Life - Mostar Sevdah Reunion & Ljiljana Buttler" (US release Nov. 2006)
"Secret Gate – Mostar Sevdah Reunion" (US release Nov. 2006) www.traderootmusic.com
"The Country Gentlemen On the Road" http://www.folkways.si.edu/search/AlbumDetails.aspx?ID=2692
"Red Allen: The Folkways Years 1964-1983" http://www.folkways.si.edu/search/AlbumDetails.aspx?ID=2691

Presentations and Affiliations

Folk Alliance: Ethnomusicology Summit – Montreal (February 2018) Invited.

American Folklore Society Conference - Minneapolis, MN (October 2017),
Cultural Reverberations of Conflict in Post-Socialist Bosnia on panel titled Negotiating National Identity in Socialist and Post-Socialist Settings through Story, Proposition, and Wisdom (Sponsored by the Socialist and Post-Socialist Area Studies Section)

Society for Ethnomusicology: Co-chair, Applied Ethnomusicology Section (December 2015 - Present)
The Applied Ethnomusicology Section is devoted to work in ethnomusicology that puts music to use in a variety of contexts, academic and otherwise, including education, cultural policy, conflict resolution, medicine, arts programming, and community music. This is the second largest section of the Society for Ethnomusicology, the national academic society for ethnomusicologists in the United States.

International Council for Traditional Music , Applied Ethnomusicology Study Group –Cape Breton, Nova Scotia (September, 2016),
"Funding Festivals: Bringing the World to the Bosnian Capital" & Panel on "Applied Ethnomusicology: Current Debates and Contributions"

International Council for Traditional Music, World Conference - Astana, Kazakhstan (July 2015)
"The role of applied ethnomusicology in post-conflict and post-catastrophe communities"

American Folklore Society Conference - Providence RI (October 2013)
"Walls or Bridges?: Cultural Institutions in the Aftermath of War in Bosnia" on panel titled "Cultural Policy and Sustainability in the Face of Societal Change"

Brown University Music Department Fall 2013 Colloquium Series – Providence, RI November 2013)
Invited Lecture: "Applied Ethnomusicology in Post-Conflict and Post-Catastrophe Communities"

The Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning at Brown University (November 2013)
Invited Speaker: "Life as a Faculty Member" as part of the "Academic Career Series"

Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Conference – New Orleans, LA
"Applied Ethnomusicology in Post-Conflict and Post-Catastrophe Communities"
(Paper accepted but not delivered due to Hurricane Sandy) (November 2012)

Faculty Talks Series - University of New Haven, College of Arts and Sciences – West Haven, CT
"Applied Ethnomusicology in Post-Conflict and Post-Catastrophe Communities" (November 2012)

Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Conference – Middletown, MA
"International Cultural Intervention in Bosnia: Can Culture Win the Peace?" on the forum titled "Beyond Advocacy" (October 2008)

Northeast Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology Conference – Amherst College, MA
"Urban Authenticity: Foreign Agents in Bosnian Cultural Development" (April 2008)

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars: Eastern European Studies Junior Scholars’ Seminar Washington DC – presented policy-relevant aspects of dissertation proposal (March 2007)

International Council for Traditional Music, World Conference – Vienna, Austia
"International Cultural Diplomacy as National Policy in Sarajevo"(July 2007)

Society for Ethnomusicology - Honolulu, HI
"PSYPOP: NATO, Radio and Psychological Operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina" (October 2006)

International Council for Traditional Music, World Conference - Sheffield, England "International Cultural Aid and the case of Guca Gora, Central Bosnia"
Organizer of panel: "Music and Group Identities in European Contexts" (August 2005)

American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies - Salt Lake City
"Hybrid Aid: International Support for the Cultural Sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina" (November 2005)

International Council for Traditional Music, Music & Minorities Study Group Conference – Istria,
"International Humanitarian Aid and the Role of Applied Ethnomusicologists & member of the program committee. August, 2004)

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