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Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, Washington University in St. Louis

Denise Gill is an ethnomusicologist whose work focuses on the musical and cultural practices of Turkey and the land and seas formally under Ottoman control, with particular attention to the multiple dialogic processes that arise in the intersections of music-making and affective practice. Her research is based on over four years of ethnographic fieldwork in Turkey, and is grounded in careful consideration of sound and listening in relation to power and privilege, gender and sexualities, Islam, spirituality, health, disability, memory and social justice. Her book "Melancholic Modalities: Affect, Islam, and Turkish Classical Musicians" is forthcoming with Oxford University Press.


  • –present
    Professor of Ethnomusicology, Washington University in St Louis


ACLS Fellow (2015-2016), Fulbright Recpient (2007-2008; 2008-2009)