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Emily Ruth Allen

Title: Instructor of Music / Institute for Southern Studies
Department: School of Music, Institute for Southern Studies
School of Music
Phone: 803-777-6565
Office: School of Music: Room 310
Emily Ruth Allen

Emily Ruth Allen holds a PhD in Musicology from Florida State University. Her current project focuses on Carnival parade musics in Mobile, Alabama, inspired by her experiences marching in the parades during her high school and college years. This work has been supported by the Society for American Music’s Adrienne Fried Block Fellowship, an FSU Graduate School Dissertation Research Grant, and other grants and fellowships. She has presented her research at the American Musicological Society, Society for Ethnomusicology, Society for American Music, the Southern Historical Association, the International Symposium on Festival Culture, and other conferences. Her broader research and teaching interests include American musics, public musicology, festivity and ritual, and age studies. She is also an active podcast host for the New Books Network, interviewing scholars in music studies and festive studies about their work. Additionally, Allen maintains cross-disciplinary service positions, serving as chair of the American Band Research Interest Group of the Society for American Music, reviews editor for the Journal of Festive Studies, and editorial board member of the Journal of Festival Culture Inquiry and Analysis. Follow her work on her website,  

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