Second-Year M.A. Student Profiles

By Allison Adrian

Allison Adrian is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College where she majored in economics and minored in music. She finds the Basque American communities of Southern California particularly fascinating and enjoys participating in and researching their cultural and musical events. She plans to move to Minneapolis, Minnesota next year to continue to pursue a PhD in Musicology/Ethnomusicology. The musical event that most intrigues her at this point in time is the Minnesota State Fair. Visit her website.

Abimbola Cole attended Spelman College as an undergraduate. Her current interests include American and South African hip-hop. This summer, she is spending eight weeks in South Africa to research sampling and South African copyright law through the Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad Program. Her favorite musical venue in Los Angeles is Royce Hall where she has seen the musical groups such as Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Buena Vista Social Club.

Kevin Miller attended the University of Florida as an anthropology major and ethnomusicology minor as an undergraduate. His current interests include emerging hybrid popular music forms of the South Asian diaspora and pop cultural borrowing and sampling. Kevin thinks the multiculurality of the Los Angeles area makes it both a wonderful place to live and to research.

Tanya Merchant, a Ph.D. student in the ethnomusicology department, completed her undergraduate work at The Peabody Conservatory/Johns Hopkins in Bassoon performance and finished her Masters at Goldsmiths college, University of London in Ethnomusicology. She is planning to study the process of institutionalizing folk and popular musics in the Uzbek State Conservatory system for her dissertation. Eventually, Tanya is hoping to get a professorship in a mid-sized liberal arts university, do some research, teach students, write, and perform.

Erin Mulligan completed her undergraduate education at a liberal arts school in Upstate New York called Hartwick. She is currently working on an overview of the use of music in Celtic Neo-Pagan holiday rituals. Erin will be taking a class in Icelandic language and history in Reykjavik this summer and eventually settling down near Providence, Rhode Island.

Laith Ulaby studied at the University of Michigan in the Jazz Studies program during his undergraduate education. He is currently working on music and Arab identity. Ultimately, he would like to teach, perform and do community outreach as an ethnomusicologist. Laith will be studying in Morocco for the summer. Visit his website.

Youngmin Yu studies the musical rituals of the Korean Catholic population in the Los Angeles area. She is planning on visiting her family and conducting research in South Korea this summer.