Francesca Inglese

Research Associate: Lecturer

Francesca Inglese is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities, affiliated with the Music Department, the Program in African & African American Studies, and the Leslie Center for the Humanities. 

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Her research investigates the global circulation of black popular music and dance, specifically she is interested in black music and dance as vital sensorial practices that shape experiences of subjectivity, sociality, and place. 

Her current book project is an ethnographic investigation 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. The dissertation (2016, Brown University), on which her book is based, received the Joukowsky Outstanding Dissertation Prize in the Humanities. She is currently working on several articles, including one on Michael Jackson impersonators in Cape Town, South Africa. 

Her ethnographic research and writing have 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. 

At Dartmouth, she teaches courses on African American music, African popular music, dance, music ethnography, race, transnationalism, post-colonialism, technology, and youth culture. 

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Ph. D. Brown University
M.A. University of Toronto
B.A. Vassar College