Department of Performing Arts
Ph.D. in Music, University of California, Berkeley, 2013
Kendra Salois received the Ph.D. in Music from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2013. Prior to joining the Department of Performing Arts at AU, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her work lies at the intersection of religious and national belonging, popular musicking, and transnational markets. Her research interests include Afro-diasporic popular musics in the Middle East and North Africa, North African popular musics, trans-Saharan musical connections, music and diplomacy, citizenship, labor, and neoliberalism. Her research has been funded by the International Institute for Education, the American Institute for Maghrebi Studies, and the West African Research Association. Her work appears in Anthropological Quarterly, the Journal of Popular Music Studies, The New Inquiry, and the edited volumes Music and Diplomacy from the Early Modern Era to the Present (2014) and Islam and Popular Culture (March 2016). Her current book project explores the relationship between Moroccan hip hop aesthetics, practitioners' ethics, and changing conceptions of citizenship in the context of thirty years of economic neoliberalization in Morocco.