Elizabeth Bynum


I am a third-year PhD student in Music and Anthropology. As an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, I conducted fieldwork at the Gnaoua and World Music Festival in Essaouira, Morocco. Through that project, I asked how festival organizers reimagine Morocco’s relationship with other regions in Africa and connect Gnaoua music to its sub-Saharan roots. In graduate school, my research has focused on questions of musical preservation in Mexico. Working towards a joint PhD in Ethnomusicology and Cultural Anthropology, my dissertation builds on my previous work by exploring the conceptual and practical links between environmental conservation and music/heritage preservation in Mexico City to understand how these distinct fields construct value. 


BA University of Chicago, 2015 

Research Interests

ethnomusicology, sound studies, environmental anthropology

Graduate Status