BOOKS (in progress)
Pentecostalism and the Theopolitics of Musical Performance.
Fly Away Home:
Performing Gospel Music and Identity in Jamaica and Its Diaspora.
(in peer-reviewed journals)
"In Zora's Footsteps:
Experiencing Music and Pentecostal Ritual in the African Diaspora." Obsidian: Literature in the African
Diaspora. Volume 9:1, 2008, pp. 74-106.
"The Weapons of Our Warfare: Music,
Positionality, and Transcendence Among Haitian Pentecostals" Caribbean Studies. Special Issue:
Interrogating Caribbean Music: Power, Dialogue, and Transcendence. Volume 36:2,
2008, pp. 23-64.
"Thoughts on the Intersection of Race and Faith in the
Study of Popular Music," Journal of Popular Music Studies, Vol.
19 (1), April 2007.
“‘Nou Kwe nan Sentespri’/ ‘We Believe in the Holy Spirit’:
Music, Ecstasy, and Identity in Haitian Pentecostal Worship,” Black Music Research Journal, Vol.
22(1), Spring 2002.
“Musical Style and Experience in a Brooklyn Pentecostal
Church: An ‘Insider’s’ Perspective,” Current Musicology, 70,
Spirit of David: Negotiating Faith and Masculinity in Black Gospel
Performance," Religion and Culture Web Forum,
The Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, Dec. 2010. With
invited responses by E.
Patrick Johnson (Northwestern University) and Kyle Wagner (University
"(Re)Voicing Race and
Religion: A Response to Sarah Imhoff's 'The Man in Black: Matisyahu, Identity,
and Authenticity'," Religion and Culture Web Forum, The Martin Marty
Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, February 2010.
“‘Se Pannkotis Nou Ye!’(‘We’re Pentecostal!’): Performing Pentecostal Faith in Haiti”
in World Christianities,
Eds. Suzel Reily and Jonathan Dueck. New York: Oxford University Press, Under Contract.
Music, Identity, and the Interplay of Jamaican and African American Styles,"
Rhythms of the Afro-Atlantic World:
Rituals and Remembrances. Edited by Ifeoma
Nwankwo and Mamadou Diouf. University of Michigan Press. 2010.
"Ethnomusicology and the African
Diaspora" The African Diaspora and
the Disciplines. Eds. Tejumola
Olaniyan and James Sweet. Bloomington: University of Indiana Press, 2010.
"Dancing around Dancehall: Pentecostalism, Popular
Culture, and Musical Practice in Transnational Jamaica and Haiti," Constructing Vernacular Culture in the Trans-Caribbean.
Eds. Holger Henke, Karl-Heinz Magister, and Alissa Trotz. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2008.
Power, and Identity in the African Diaspora," What Should I Read Next?
70 University of Virginia Professors Recommend Readings in History, Politics,
Literature, Math, Science, Technology, the Arts, and More. Eds.
Jessica R. Feldman and Robert Stilling, Charlottesville: University of Virginia
Vodou Nation: Haitian
Art Music and Cultural Nationalism. Michael Largey. 2006. Chicago: University
of Chicago Press, Journal of the American
Academy of Religion, Vol. 75(1), March 2007.
Lining Out the Word:
Dr. Watts Hymn Singing in the Music of Black Americans, William T. Dargan. 2006.
Berkeley, CA: University of California Press; Singing in My Soul: Black Gospel Music in a Secular Age, Jerma A.
Jackson. 2004. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press; "'Let the Church
Sing!': Music and Worship in a Black Mississippi Community. Therese Smith.
NY: University of Rochester Press; The
Holy Profane: Religion in Black Popular Music. Teresa
L. Reed. 2002. Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press. Ethnomusicology Vol. 51(3), Fall 2007.
Migration and Vodou, Karen
E. Richman. 2005. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, The World of Music. Winter, 2007 (1).
American Gospel Music, ed. William McNeil. New York: Routledge, 2005.
of Gospel” [1500 words]
“Gospel Choirs” [1500 words]
“Gospel Quartets” [2000 words]
“Singing in Tongues” [750 words]
National Biography, ed. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham. New York: Oxford University Press,
"William Herbert Brewster"
"Keywords of Music and Motion: Body," Society for Ethnomusicology Roundtable Presentation, Phildadelphia, PA, November 17, 2011.
"Reclaiming Haiti: Pentecostalism and the Theopolitics of Musical Performance.” (invited plenary keynote) Christian Congregational Music: Local and Global Perspectives, Ripon College Cuddesdon, England, September 1, 2011.
"Pentecostal Worship and the Performance of Transcendence in Haiti and the United States." Society for Ethnomusicology, Middletown, CT. Wesleyan University, October 28, 2008.
"Contested Boundaries: Negotiating Music, Ritual, and Identity in Haiti and Jamaica" Zora Neale Hurston Conference of the Arts and Humanities. Eatonville, FL. February 1, 2008
"Contested Boundaries: Negotiating Music, Ritual, and Identity in the Haitian Transnation" Haitian Studies Association 19th Annual Meeting, Boca Raton, FL. October 6, 2007, Lynn University.
"'I Will Sing like David Sang': Negotiating Gender, Faith, and Performance in African-American Pentecostal Churches" Society for Ethnomusicology, Honolulu, HI, November 16, 2006.
"African Cross-Currents in the Atlantic: Race, Ethnicity & Transnational Identity ─ A Roundtable Discussion." Panelist, Haitian Studies Association 18th Annual Meeting, Charlottesville, VA. October 5-7, 2006, University of Virginia.
"Music and Pentecostalism in the Haitian Context: The Nexus of Faith and National Identity," Conference, Duke University, Cultural Anthropology and Latin American Studies. Departments, Feb. 24, 2006.
"Appropriating Gospel: Jamaican Identity, Style, and the Transnationalization of African American Gospel Music," International Association for the Study of Popular Music-US, Murfreesboro, TN. Feb. 18, 2006
"Heavenly Armies: Music, Opposition, and Spiritual Warfare in Haiti," United States Department of State, Conference on the Caribbean, Washington, DC, Oct. 6, 2005
“‘I Love the Old Time Way’: Religious Identity, Pentecostal Tradition, and the Role of African American Gospel Music in Jamaica” Society for Ethnomusicology, Tuscon, Arizona, Nov. 4, 2004.
“Fighting Fire with Fire: Pentecostal Transcendence, Musico-Spiritual Warfare, and Transnationalism in Haitian ‘Heavenly Army’ Churches.” Society for Ethnomusicology, Miami, Florida. October 2, 2003
“Music, Identity and Pentecostal Worship in Haiti” Inter-American Conference on Black Music Research, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. May 2001.
“Negotiating African-American and West Indian Styles of Musical Worship in a Brooklyn Pentecostal Church” Society for Ethnomusicology, Toronto. November 4, 2000
“Music, Identity, and Spirit Work in Haiti, Jamaica, and their Diasporas,” Ethnomusicology and Global Culture, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, Middletown, CT. Wesleyan University. June 23, 2011.
“Transcending Performance/Performing Transcendence: Faith and Fact in Caribbeanist Ethnomusicology” Panel on Black Music and Spirituality, Center for Black Music Research, Chicago, IL. April 13, 2010.
“On Haitian Pentecostals and Popular Music” The Franke Institute for the Humanities, University of Chicago. November 4, 2009.
“Sanctifying the Haitian Soul: Thoughts on Faith, Cultural Nationalism, and Popular Music” Ethnoise! Symposium, Dept. of Music, University of Chicago. October 2, 2009.
“Music and Pentecostalism in Haiti.” University of Chicago Divinity School. Wednesday Lunch Series. May 13, 2009.
"Ethnomusicology's Contribution to African and African Diasporic Studies" The Carter G. Woodson Institute’s 25th Anniversary Symposium, “Celebrating the Legacy, Scholarship and Future of the Woodson Institute,” University of Virginia. April 21, 2007.
"'I Will Sing like David Sang': Negotiating Gender, Faith, and Performance in African-American Pentecostal Churches" University of California at Berkeley, February 2, 2007.
"Improvising in the Field: Metanarratives of Performance and Identity in the African Diaspora," Music in Performance Symposium, University of Virginia, Dec. 1, 2006.
"Seeking the Haitian Soul: Intersections of Music, Identity, and Pentecostal Practice in Haiti," Department of History, James Madison University, March 30, 2006.
"African Diasporic Music and Religion," Arts and Cultures of the Slave South, University of Virginia, Oct. 26, 2005.
"Religion and Identity in the African Diaspora," Roundtable presentation, Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia, Nov. 28, 2005
“The Role of Musical Practice in African American Pentecostal Church Services.” School of Sacred Music, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York, NY. April 22, 2004.
SESSION CHAIR OR DISCUSSANT
Chair and Discussant, "Music/Race/Empire" The Franke Institute for the Humanities, University of Chicago, April 21, 2010.
Chair, “Revivals, Translations, and Authenticities” IASPM-US, New Orleans, LA, April 9, 2010
Chair, “Rituals of Mourning” IASPM-US, New Orleans, LA, April 10, 2010
Chair, "Religion and American Music" IASPM-US, Iowa City, IA, April 26, 2008
Chair, "The Politics of Being and Belonging—Beyond Ethnicity and Race in the Americas: A Conference on Identity in Brazil, the Caribbean, and Africa," Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies, Corcoran Department of History, Department of Latin American Studies, UVA, Feb. 28-March 1, 2006.
Discussant, Film screening of Amandlaa!Office of African American Affairs, UVA. Feb. 7, 2006
Chair, "Contemporary Gospel," IASPM-US, Charlottesville, VA, October 15, 2004