Academic Cluster: Humanities & Social Scienes
General Expertise & Interests: World Music
Course: World Music
Justin is a PhD candidate in Ethnomusicology at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB). His dissertation reinterprets a historical shift in the population of north Indian classical musicians from Muslim to upper-caste Hindu, a profound social change that is argued to have reshaped the tradition during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Justin earned his MA in Ethnomusicology at UCSB, writing a thesis on the creative misuse of commercial recording by Hindustani musicians for learning and teaching.
He completed his BA in music at the State University of New York College at Fredonia, specializing in western classical guitar performance, and has received several awards for his research, including a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad fellowship, and a Martin Hatch Award from the Society for Asian Music. He has fourteen years of experience in sitar performance, many while living with his teacher, Mrs. Jyoti Thakar, in the city of Pune. He is competent in several modern and archival languages of South Asia, including Marathi, Hindi, Persian, and Modi. Justin is very excited to be teaching in India for the very first time. He has previously taught introductory courses in World Music, American Popular Music, Asian American Popular Culture, Asian American Literature, and sitar performance at UCSB.