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Tanya Merchant
  • Title
    • Associate Professor
  • Division Arts Division
  • Department
    • Music Department
  • Affiliations Humanities Division, Feminist Studies Department
  • Phone
    831-459-5762
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Music Center 286
  • Office Hours Tuesdays 2-4 p.m.
  • Mail Stop Music Center
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Ethnomusicology, Ethnography, Asian Music, Gender Studies, Women's Studies

Summary of Expertise

Tanya Merchant is an ethnomusicologist whose research interests include music’s intersection with issues of nationalism, gender, identity, and the post-colonial situation.

Research Interests

With a geographical focus on Central Asia and the former Soviet Union, she has conducted fieldwork in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Russia. She is an avid performer on both the Uzbek dutar and the baroque bassoon, and has given concerts with ensembles in the U.S., England, and Uzbekistan. Her recent publications include articles on Uzbek popular, folk, and traditional musics, which appear in journals such as Cahiers de Musiques Traditionnelles, and Image and Narrative.

Biography, Education and Training

B.M., Peabody Conservatory, Institute of the Johns Hopkins University
M.Mus., Goldsmiths College, University of London
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles