Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, Department of Folklore and
Indiana University (Bloomington)
Adjunct Faculty, Department of African American and African Diaspora
Studies (AAADS) and Department of Religious Studies
Research Associate, Archives of African American Music and Culture
Genius for Men Conference, Executive Producer
Move And Shake Women, Moderator
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH: Alisha Lola Jones, PhD is an assistant professor in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University (Bloomington).
Dr. Jones is a graduate of The University of Chicago (Ph.D.), Yale Divinity School (M.Div.), Yale Institute of Sacred Music (ISM) and Oberlin Conservatory (B.M.). She has received academic acclaim and support for her research with fellowships from
Andrew W. Mellon; the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture and the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality; Martin Marty Center; and the Franke Institute for the Humanities, among others. As a performer-scholar, Jones has done fieldwork and led workshops on religious music and masculinity throughout the world. In spring 2016, she received a College of Arts and Humanities Institute (CAHI) grant to expand upon research on music of the African diaspora to the Pacific islands, focusing on Pacific African Americans' musical responses to the #BlackLivesMatter and #SayHerName movements in the United States. Her writings on African American religious music and gender in ethnomusicological research appear in edited volumes such as The Oxford Handbook on Voice Studies and There Is a Mystery: Esotericism, Gnosticism, and Mysticism in African American Religious Experience. She has been featured in Liner Notes magazine, The Afro-American newspaper, Black Enterprise.com, HuffingtonPost.com, TheChristianCentury.com, and ForHarriet.com. She is a contributing writer for HEED magazine.
RECENT INTERVIEWS AND ARTICLES FEATURING DR. ALISHA L. JONES: "Cultivating New Models of Sisterhood" by Dr. Alisha Jones for Patheos Interview with Duke University professor and Left of Black host Dr. Mark Anthony Neal
Ethnomusicology Professor Drawn to IU's Leadership in the Field Meet the New Research Associate at the Archives of African American Music and Culture Amiri Baraka's "Blues People" at 50 ASALH Panel