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In my research and writing, I focus on Balkan cultures (especially Romanian, Serbian, and Bulgarian) and oral tradition, oral epic, and Romani traditional culture and music-making. Much of my fieldwork has been carried out in southern Romania, where I have worked extensively, both before and after the 1989 revolution, with Romani musicians. I am particularly interested in Roma as marganalized yet admired performers of traditional and popular culture in Balkan society and the implications of this role, oral epic as a genre, and gender and narrative in southeastern Europe.
My coedited volume, Manele in Romania: Cultural Expression and Social Meaning in Balkan Popular Music, was published this summer (August 2016); it treats manele, the contemporary “Oriental” Balkan ethnopop genre performed by Romani musicians. I am presently working on two other book projects. The first, From Slavery to Celebrity: Culture and Performance among Romani Musicians in Romania, is on Romani musician families, their worlds, and repertoires and is based on fieldwork. I explore how the post-communist period has shaped culture and performance among lăutari (traditional Romani musicians) and manelişti (performers of manele). The second is a volume of essays that I am coediting with Aida Vidan on South Slavic and related oral traditional poetry (Words in Performance).
Traditions, Tales, and Tunes: Slavic and East European Folklore (COM/SLA/HLS/ANT/NES 236)
Russian Folklore (SLA 301)
Narratives of Identity in the “Other” Europe: Reading Culture in the Balkans (FRS 167)
Romani (Gypsy) Culture in Russia and East Europe (FRS 151)
“Once Upon a Time . . .” Magic Tales and their Meanings (FRS 163)
Beginning Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian I (BCS 101)
Beginning Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian II (BCS 102)
Intermediate Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian I (BCS 105)
Intermediate Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian II (BCS 107)
Advanced Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Reading Course (BCS 90)
Romanian Reading Course (SLA 90)
Bulgarian Reading Course (SLA 91)