Alisha Jones is an assistant professor of ethnomusicology in IU Bloomington’s Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology within the College of Arts and Sciences. Jones specializes in the study of music and religion in the African diaspora, and teaches courses such as “Music & Mysticism” and “Popular Music in African American Music Performance.”
“These courses haven’t been taught in a lot of places,” Jones said. “I look forward to offering them here at Indiana University.”
The study of ethnomusicology has a rich history at IU Bloomington dating back to 1948. IU Bloomington’s Ethnomusicology Institute was established in 2000, attracting students and influential scholars from related disciplines. The campus is also home to the Society for Ethnomusicology, a professional organization with international membership of more than 1800.