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B.Mus. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

M.Mus. Ethnomusicology, University of London

M.A. Cultural Anthropology, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Courses Taught

Music Cultures of the World

Research Interests

Music, dance and sound; aesthetics; gender and sexuality; mobilities studies; socialism and
postsocialist state transformations; political economy; community-based research

Ellen Hebden

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music, Spring 2020   608-363-2314   Hendricks Center for the Arts #218
  • Ellen Hebden

Ellen Hebden (pronouns: she/her) is an ethnomusicologist from Batavia, IL who studies the intersections of musical performance, sexuality, and mobility politics in post-colonial, post-socialist contexts. She is finishing a doctorate in cultural anthropology and ethnomusicology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her dissertation project is an ethnographic study of women’s movements through dance association competitions in northern Mozambique. While doing research in Pebane, Mozambique from 2016-2018, she was a singer and dancer in the tufo group Associação Cultural Estrela Vermelha de Pebane (Red Star Cultural Association of Pebane).

Ellen has a Masters degree in ethnomusicology from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, and she received her Bachelor of Music degree in bassoon performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which included a semester abroad at the University of Leeds, UK.

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