Shayna Silverstein currently serves as a 2013-14 Mellon postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Humanities Forum. She received her Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Chicago. Her research examines Syrian popular dance music in relation to body, place, and nation and has received substantial support from Fulbright-IIE, University of Chicago, and US Department of Education. Shayna has published articles on theory, methods, and case studies in the fields of anthropology, ethnomusicology, and Middle East studies, and serves as an editor for Norient Journal. She has taught a broad range of undergraduate and graduate courses at Dartmouth College, Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago. Shayna received her B.A. in history from Yale College.