Research Associate: Lecturer
Francesca Inglese is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities, affiliated with the Music and African & African American Studies Departments, and the Leslie Center for the Humanities. Her research investigates the global circulation of black popular music and dance in Africa, the U.S., and Europe. Specifically, she is interested in music and dance as vital sensorial practices that shape experiences of subjectivity, sociality, and place. She received her Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Brown University with her dissertation, “Coloured Moves and Klopse Beats: Minstrel Legacies in Cape Town, South Africa,” which received the 2016 Joukowsky Outstanding Dissertation Prize in the Humanities. Her dissertation was an ethnographic account of the public parades, competitive performances, and youth development initiatives of contemporary Kaapse Klopse (“Clubs of the Cape”) in relation to race, urban spatial politics, and heritage practice in post-apartheid South Africa. Her ethnographic research and writing has been supported by the American Association of University Women, the Society for Ethnomusicology, the Ruth Landes Memorial Research Fund, the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, and International Affairs at Brown University. Her work has been published in the the Journal of the Society of American Music and African Music amongst others. As a violinist she has studied, taught, and performed a diverse array of repertoire, including Baroque, jazz, and Carnatic music in India, Scotland, Iceland, and the United States.