Position: Assistant Professor (ethnomusicology)
Address: 2131 Moore Musical Arts Center
Sidra Lawrence is an Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at Bowling Green State University. She received a PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters degree in Music with an emphasis in ethnomusicology from Bowling Green State University. Her research, based on ethnographic work in the border region of Ghana and Burkina Faso, explores the connection between racialized gender ideologies, musical performance, and the sexed body. In her book manuscript, It's just this animal called culture: Transnational Feminism and the Politics of Everyday Solidarities, Lawrence investigates the mobilization of cultural authenticity as a means to regulate Dagara women's bodies. Focusing on micro-narratives of empowerment, she argues for a re-theorization of resistance that does not depend upon globalized notions of oppression and feminist action. Her work has been supported by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the West African Research Association. She has received awards for her presentations from the Society for Ethnomusicology African Music Section, and the Section on the Status of Women. She has presented her work at several national and international conferences including, the Society for Ethnomusicology, National Women's Studies Association, American Anthropological Association, Netherlands Association for Gender Studies and Feminist Anthropology, and the University of Ghana's conference on Intercultural Approaches in Higher Music Education. Her research has been published in the African Music Journal; she has review articles in the African Music Journal and the Latin American Studies Review.