Haitian Studies Association

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Rebecca Dirksen

Indiana University - Associate Professor

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Email: rdirksen@indiana.edu
Open to talking with: Government Officials, Journalists, Non-Profit Organizations, Policymakers, Scholars, Students (College), Activists, Artists

Interests: Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Decolonization, Development, Environment, History, Human Rights, Humanitarian Aid, Music, Performance Studies, Religion, Arts - Performing, Women's and Gender Studies

Dr. Rebecca Dirksen is an ethnomusicologist whose whose scholarship reaches across the spectrum of musical genres in Haiti and its diaspora. Her research foci include cultural approaches to crisis, disaster, and development; sacred ecology, traditional ecological knowledge, and ecomusicology; and the performance of politics, resistance and revolution, and social justice. Her approach entails a deep commitment to applied, activist, and engaged scholarship. Dirksen is a tenured professor in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University Bloomington, a founding member of the Diverse Environmentalisms Research Team (DERT), and co-PI on a Mellon Foundation Humanities Without Walls Grand Research Challenge titled “Field to Media: Applied Musicology for a Changing Climate.” Dr. Dirksen is the author of numerous journal articles and the book After the Dance, the Drums Are Heavy: Carnival, Politics, and Musical Engagement in Haiti (Oxford University Press, 2020).