Lauren Eldridge Stewart

Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology
PhD, University of Chicago
AM, University of Chicago
BA, Spelman College
research interests:
  • pedagogy, African diasporic music, the Caribbean, Haiti, art economies
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    Lauren Eldridge Stewart's research interests include the cultural uses of classical music, folklore, and material culture across the African diaspora. She is currently writing a book about the influence of global aid on the contemporary practice of classical music in Haiti. 

    She has taught in the music departments of the University of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, and Spelman College, and performed Haitian piano repertoire both in Haiti and across the U.S. 

    Lauren’s work has been extensively supported by the Mellon Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. She has received the Howard Mayer Brown Fellowship from the American Musicological Society, the joint dissertation fellowship from UChicago’s Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture and Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, and the Social Science Research Council’s MMUF Dissertation Completion Fellowship. 

    Selected Publications

    "Music as Mission: "Hierarchies of Sound and Difference" in Women & Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture (forthcoming)
    "Respectable Sound: Music Education as Social Movement" in Music and Politics 12:2 (2018)

    Published reviews:

    the world of music (new series)
    Journal of Folklore Research
    The Journal of Haitian Studies
    CBMR Digest