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Jane Sugarman
Position: Professor, Graduate Center
Phone: 212-817-8598
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles, 1993
Research Interests: music of Southeastern Europe; gender studies; cultural theory

Jane Sugarman's research focuses on music's role in processes of identity formation, with particular attention to communities in and from Southeastern Europe and the Middle East. Her 1997 book Engendering Song: Singing and Subjectivity at Prespa Albanian Weddings was awarded the Chicago Folklore Prize; and in 2004 she received the Jaap Kunst Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology for her article, "Those 'Other Women': Dance and Femininity among Prespa Albanians." In addition to extensive research on the relationship of music and gender, she has also written on issues of modernity and globalization, diaspora communities, nationalism, and the role of music in conflict situations. She is currently preparing a book on the transnational Albanian commercial music industry, based on field research conducted in Kosova, Macedonia, Albania, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, and the United States.  She has previously taught at Stony Brook University, where she was affiliated with the programs in Cultural Studies and Women's Studies and received the President's and Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Teaching.


"'Kosova Calls for Peace: Song, Myth, and War in an Age of Global Media," in Music and Conflict: Ethnomusicological Perspectives, ed. John O'Connell and Salwa el-Shawan Castelo-Branco (Urbana: Univ. of Illinois Press, forthcoming).

"Albania." Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, v. 7, ed. John Shepherd, David Horn, and Dave Laing (London: Continuum Books, forthcoming).

"'The Criminals of Albanian Music': Albanian Commercial Folk Music and Issues of Identity since 1990," in Balkan Popular Culture and the Ottoman Ecumene: Music, Image, and Regional Political Discourse, ed. Donna A. Buchanan (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2007), 269-307.

"The Prespa Wedding and Emigration, 1980-2006."/"Dasma prespare dhe kurbeti (1980-2006)," in Prespa, Immigration-Repatriation, ed. Ali Aliu et al. (Skopje, Macedonia: Prespa United Us, 2006), 42-46.

"Inter-Ethnic Borrowing and Musical Modernity in 'Balkan' Popular Musics Past and Present," in Urban Music in the Balkans: Drop-Out Ethnic Identities or a Historical Case of Tolerance and Global Thinking?, ed. Sokol Shupo (Tirana, Albania: Documentation and Communication Center for Regional Music, 2006), 64-75.

"Diasporic Dialogues: Mediated Musics and the Albanian Transnation," in Identity and the Arts in Diaspora Communities, ed. Thomas Turino and James Lea (Warren, MI: Harmonie Park Press, 2004), 21-38.

"Those 'Other Women': Dance and Femininity among Prespa Albanians." in Music and Gender: Perspectives from the Mediterranean, ed. Tullia Magrini (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 2003), 87-118. Winner of the Jaap Kunst Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology for the most significant article of the year.

"Albania II: Traditional Music." New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd ed., v. 1 (London: Macmillan, 2001), 285-89.

"Yugoslavia: III. 3. Traditional Music: Kosovo and Related Albanian Music Traditions." New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd ed., v. 27 (London: Macmillan, 2001), 693-94.

"Albanian Music." Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, v. 8 (New York: Garland, 2000), 986-1006.

"Mediated Albanian Musics and the Imagining of Modernity," in New Countries, Old Sounds? Cultural Identity and Social Changes in Southeastern Europe, ed. Bruno B. Reuer (Munich: Verlag S├╝dostdeutsches Kulturwerk, 1999), 134-54.

"Imagining the Homeland: Poetry, Songs, and the Discourses of Albanian Nationalism." Ethnomusicology 43/3 (Fall 1999), 419-58.

Engendering Song: Singing and Subjectivity at Prespa Albanian Weddings (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997; with accompanying CD). Winner of the Chicago Folklore Prize for 1998.

"The Nightingale and the Partridge: Singing and Gender among Prespa Albanians." Ethnomusicology 33/2 (Spring-Summer 1989), 191-215. Revised version published in Women’s Voices across Musical Worlds, ed. Jane A. Bernstein (Boston: Northeastern Univ. Press, 2003), 261-84.

"'Making Muabet': The Social Basis of Singing among Prespa Albanian Men." Selected Reports in Ethnomusicology 7 (1988), 1-42.