Elizabeth Clendinning, Assistant Professor of Music, 2014 –

Phone: (336) 758-6176
Office: M315 Scales Fine Arts Center

Elizabeth is an Assistant Professor of Music at Wake Forest University specializing in ethnomusicology. A graduate of Florida State University (Ph.D. 2013, M.M. 2009) and The University of Chicago (B.A. 2007), she was previously Visiting Instructor in Ethnomusicology and Director of World Music at Emory University (2013-2014). She currently serves as co-chair for the Society for Ethnomusicology Section on the Status of Women (2013-2016) and is past president of the Southeast and Caribbean Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology (2015-2016).

Elizabeth’s research addresses concepts of space, time, cultural representation, and pedagogy within transnational Balinese gamelan communities and in film and television music. For these projects, she has conducted field research in Bali and across the United States. Her work has been published in Buffy, Ballads, and Bad Guys Who Sing: Music in the Worlds of Joss Whedon (Scarecrow Press, 2010) and Norient Online Journal (2013), and has articles recently published inMUSICultures, The Journal of Fandom Studies, and Smithsonian Online. She has also contributed to Ethnomusicology, The Yearbook for Traditional Music, The Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd ed. and Music Around the World: A Global Encyclopedia (ABC-Clio). Her current book project focuses on gamelan and the historiography of American ethnomusicology.

At Wake Forest, Elizabeth teaches undergraduate courses in world music, popular music, and ethnomusicological methods, and she directs the Wake Forest University gamelan.