Lie CV


Siv B. Lie

Assistant Professor of Music

University of Maryland School of Music

3110B Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

College Park, MD 20742

301 • 314 • 2007

Last updated: February 2023


Race and ethnicity, language and semiotics, nationalism and citizenship, jazz, music industries, pedagogy, Romani studies, and genocide studies, with an area specialization in France.


2017-        Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, School of Music

2017-        Affiliate Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, Department of Anthropology

2017-        Affiliate Faculty, University of Maryland, Center for Global Migration Studies

2019-        Affiliate Faculty, University of Maryland, School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies

2019-        Affiliate Faculty, University of Maryland, Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity

2013-14, 2016        Instructor, New York University, Department of Music


2017        Ph.D., Music, New York University, Department of Music

2012        M.A., Music, New York University, Department of Music

2008        B.A., Cultural Anthropology/Gastronomy, Boston University, University Professors Program



2021        Django Generations: Hearing Ethnorace, Citizenship, and Jazz Manouche in France. University of Chicago Press. Companion website:

        – Winner of the 2022 William A. Douglass Prize in Europeanist Anthropology from the Society

for the Anthropology of Europe

-- Reviewed by Jeremiah Spillane in Yearbook for Traditional Music 54(1): 79-81.

-- Interview with Lynn M. Hooker in CaMP Anthropology (4 April 2022).

-- Interview with Adam Bobeck for the New Books in Anthropology channel of the New Books Network (4 January 2023). Django Generations was named “Book of the Day.”


2022        (With Ioanida Costache) “Staging Genocide: Theatrical Remembering of the Romani Holocaust.” European History Quarterly 52(4): 677-98.

2021        “Feeling to Learn: Ideologies of Race, Aurality, and Manouche Music Pedagogy in France.” Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 32(1): 139-60.

2021        “Placing Django: Narratives of Heritage and Race in a Parisian Exhibition.” French Cultural Studies 32(4): 315-329.

2020        “Music That Tears You Apart: Jazz Manouche and the Qualia of Ethnorace.” Ethnomusicology 64(3): 369-393.

2019        “Genre, Ethnoracial Alterity, and the Genesis of Jazz Manouche.” The Journal of the American Musicological Society 72(3): 665-718.

2017        “The Politics of ‘Understanding’: Secrecy, Language, and Manouche Song.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 40(1): 96-113.

2013        “‘His soul was wandering and holy’: Employing and contesting religious terminology in Django fandom.” Popular Music and Society 36(3): 380-396.

--         Reprinted in Fan Identities and Practices in Context: Dedicated to Music, edited by Mark Duffett, 82-98. New York: Routledge, 2016.


2013        (With Charles Lindholm) “You Eat What You Are: Cultivated Taste and the Pursuit of Authenticity in the Slow Food Movement.” In Culture of the Slow: Social Deceleration in an Accelerated World, edited by Nick Osbaldiston, 52-70. London: Palgrave.


2019        Review of Jana Belišová and Marek Šulík, Ťažká Duša (film). Žudro (2017). Ethnomusicology 63(3): 504-506.

2019        “Jazz Manouche.” With Benjamin Givan. Grove Music Online. Oxford University Press.

2019        “Romani Music.” With Petra Gelbart. SAGE Encyclopedia of Music and Culture, edited by Janet L. Sturman, 1848-1850. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

2018        “Rich Theory: Mandino Reinhardt on Jazz Manouche in Alsace.” Jazz and Culture 1: 104-121.


2022        Society for the Anthropology of Europe William A. Douglass Prize in Europeanist Anthropology

2022        University of Maryland Teaching and Learning Transformation Center Grant

2022        University of Maryland Graduate Faculty Mentor of the Year Award

2021        American Musicological Society 75 PAYS Publication Subvention

2020        University of Maryland College of Arts and Humanities Innovation Grant (Special Purpose Addressing Race, Equity and Justice)

2020        University of Maryland Independent Scholarship, Research and Creativity Award

2020        American Association of University Women American Publication Grant (Alternate)

2019        University of Maryland College of Arts and Humanities Faculty Seed Grant

2018        New York University Dean’s Outstanding Dissertation Award in the Humanities

2018        US Holocaust Memorial Museum Jack and Anita Hess Faculty Seminar Fellowship

2018        University of Maryland Division of Research Faculty Incentive Program Conference Grant

2017, 2019        University of Maryland Nominee, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend

2016-17        New York University Mellon Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities

2016-17        New York University Center for the Humanities Honorary Doctoral Fellowship (declined)

2016        New York University Student Senators Council Conference Fund Grant

2015        Global Research Initiatives at New York University Paris Fellowship

2014        Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones d’Amérique Jeanne Marandon Scholarship

2013-14        French Ministry of Foreign Affairs Chateaubriand Fellowship in the Humanities and Social Sciences

2013-14        New York University Torch Prize Fellowship

2013        Andrew Sauter Fellowship for Predoctoral Students in the Humanities and Social Sciences

2012        Council of Europe - European Academic Network on Romani Studies Scholarship/Travel Grant

2010-16        New York University MacCracken Fellowship

2008        University Professors Program (Boston University) Undergraduate Thesis Prize

2004-8        Boston University Trustee Scholar


2022        “Unsettling Silence: French Manouche Perspectives on Persecution and Genocide,” Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, 11 November.

2022        “The Fascination with Occupation: Nostalgia for Django Reinhardt under the Nazis.” Nostalgia, Music and Music Studies Conference, UCLA, virtual, 5 May.

2022        “Better Sense: Manouche Musicians, Aural Learning, and the Transformation of Racialized Metaphors.” Naming, Understanding, and Playing with Metaphors in Music, UCLA & Durham University, virtual, 29-30 April.

2022        “Exceptions to Silence: Reconsidering Manouche Memories of Genocide.” International Romani Day Colloquium, King’s College London, virtual, 8 April.

2021        “Feeling to Learn: Romanies, Raciosemiotics, and Aural Pedagogy in France.” Seventh Annual Conference on Semiotic Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, virtual, 28-30 May.

2021        “Sounding the Unspoken: Performance, Erasure, and Romani Holocaust Commemoration.” Music, Sound, and Trauma: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, virtual, 12-14 February.

2020        Legitimate Knowledges: Aurality as Anti-Assimilationist Pedagogy in France.” Presentation on panel “Refiguring Inclusion: Historical and Contemporary Discourses of Romani Music in European Nations.” Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting, virtual, 22-31 October.

2019        “Cultural Activism’s Living Legacies.” Presentation on roundtable “Ambivalent Populisms: Musical Politics and Policy in Contemporary Europe.” Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting, Bloomington, IN, 7-10 November.

2019        “Django in Paris: Curating Patrimony, Acoustic Territory, and Ethnoracial Marginality.” American Musicological Society Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, 31 October – 3 November.

2019        “The Sound of Feeling: Listening for Ethnoracialness in Jazz Manouche.” Sixth Annual Conference on Semiotic Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, 3 May.

2018        “La Création d’une ethnie: Entre le développement du jazz manouche et les discours du caractère ethnique.” Presentation at the conference “‘Le jazz de Django Reinhardt et de ses contemporains jusqu'à nos jours : théorie et pratique” at the University of Rouen, France, 30 March.

2018        “The Stakes of Secrecy: Manouche Language Ideologies and the Politics of Betrayal.” Society for Linguistic Anthropology Inaugural Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, 8-10 March.

2017        “‘But only the music gets recognized’: Music, Affect, and Agency in Films About Manouches.” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, 30 November-3 December.

2016        “Rather, we say, ‘open your ears!’: Constructing Manouche music pedagogy as cultural resistance.” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, 16-20 November.

2016        “The Business of ‘Cultural Bridges’: Economic and Interethnic Dynamics in Jazz Manouche Festivals.” Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, 10-13 November.

2015        “‘Feeling’ as Authority: Musical, Linguistic, and Social Improvisation Among Alsatian Manouches.” Co-organizer of panel (“Negotiations, Representations, and Boundary-Making in European Romani Improvisation”). Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, 3-7 December.

2015        “The uses of ‘Manouche.’” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, 18-22 November.

2015        “Reframing Romani Trauma: sound, narrative, and imagery in Samudaripen.” Conference of the Word and Music Association, Fordham University, New York, NY, 13 August.

2014        “Language Ideologies and Social Relations in Manouche Song.”  Panel sponsored by the Society for Linguistic Anthropology. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, 5 December.

2014        “Just a Caravan: Cultural Activism and Jazz Manouche in France.” Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, 16 November.

2013        “Swing Politique: Jazz Manouche and Romani Representation in France.” Music at the Margins: An Interdisciplinary Conference, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 23 February.

2012        “Whose Hero?: Django Reinhardt, French Patrimony, and Romani Self-Representation.” Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 1 November.

2011        “Playing Django: Representations of Romanies in Gypsy Jazz.” Opre!: Symposium of Romani (Gypsy) Musics and Cultures, New York University, 21 November.

2011        “The Performance of “Personal Style”: Forging Identities in Contemporary Improvisation.” Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, 18 November.

2011        “Making and Remaking Identities: The Process of Contemporary Improvisation.” Society for American Music Conference, Cincinnati OH, 11 March.


2023        “The Ends of Silence: Romani Artists and Problems of Genocide Commemoration.” Duke University Musicology Colloquium Series, 3 February.

2022        “Composer avec les absents? Du trauma à l’expression du génocide par les musiciens manouches français.” Colloquium “Minorisées?: Populations stigmatisées, enjeux et formes de reconnaissance en France,” University of Strasbourg, 24 November.

2022        “What’s “Gypsy” about Django’s jazz? Fictions of fusion among jazz manouche participants.” Symposium “Fusion: Remixing Jazz, Rethinking Genre in the 21st Century,” Center For Jazz Studies, Columbia University, 14 October.

2022        “Playing for a Public: French Manouche Commemorations of Romani Genocide.” Seminar series “Mobilités et contacts dans les mondes romani: Histoire, linguistique et anthropologie,” École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, virtual, 27 May.

2021        “The Stakes of Refusal: Problems of Essentialism in Jazz Manouche.” Catholic University Musicology Colloquium, 22 September.

2021        “Uncertain Refusal: Jazz Manouche and the Struggles of Generic Essentialism.” Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University Musicology DMA Colloquium, 21 September.

2019        “Learning Through Ethnography: Jazz, Citizenship, and Manouche Identity in France.” George Mason University School of Music “Beyond the Notes” Lecture Series, 22 February.

2019        “Music That Tears You Apart: Jazz Manouche and the Qualia of Ethnorace.” Columbia University Center for Ethnomusicology Colloquium, 15 February.

2017        “Romani Aesthetics, Jazz Manouche, and the Cultural Politics of Performance.” Lecture delivered in the Languages and Cultures Department of the United States Naval Academy, 9 November.

2016        “Advocacy, Identity, and Jazz Manouche in Alsace 1970-2002.” Seminar series “Approches interdisciplinaires des sociétés romani/tsiganes,” École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, 8 June.

2016        “Roma Issues in Eastern Europe Before and After 1989.” Talk co-delivered with Filip Pospíšil at the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, New York University, 4 May.

2016        “Twentieth-Century Romani Cultural Politics.” Talk at Brooklyn College History Department, 14 April.

2014        “Sinti/Manouche Cultural Activism, Past and Present.”  Presentation at Performance Matters Symposium, Rutgers British Studies Center, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 6 November.

2014        “La politique culturelle du jazz manouche en France.” Lecture at the Centre de Recherche en Ethnomusicologie, Laboratoire d’Ethnologie et de Sociologie Comparative, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, Paris, France, 28 April.

2013        “Fieldwork as History and History as Fieldwork” and “‘Everyone is Proud of Django!’: Cultural Politics and Romani Representation in Jazz Manouche.” Lectures at The Roma in History Lectures and Concerts, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK. 3-5 June.


2021        Book launch panel as part of the University of Chicago Press By the Book Series, with Ingrid Monson and Carol Silverman. Virtual. 10 November.

2021        “French Jazz.” Book talk with Celeste Day Moore as part of the IASPM Popular Music Books In Process Series. Virtual. 25 October.

2020        Moderator for “Registering Embodiment,” panel at Revolutions in Sound Symposium, University of Maryland, 28 February.


2020        39th Annual Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology Conference (Program Committee Chair), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 7-8 March.

2019        38th Annual Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology Conference (Program Committee Member), Swarthmore College, 6-7 April.

2018        37th Annual Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology Conference (Co-Chait of Local Arrangements Committee), University of Maryland, 24-25 March.

2018        “New: Media, Meanings, Messages, E-Motions” (Organizing Committee Member), Inaugural Conference of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, 8-10 March.

2017        “Sare Patria: Romani Action” (Lead Organizer), Conference at the Initiative for Romani Music at New York University, 28-29 April.

2016        “Romani/Gypsy Arts and Letters” (Lead Organizer), Conference at the Initiative for Romani Music at New York University, 23-24 April.

2015        “Beyond Romani Stereotypes: Voicing Romani Pluralities” (Lead Organizer), Symposium at the Initiative for Romani Music at New York University, 24-25 April.

2013        “(Self-)Representations: Romani Music and Culture in Diaspora” (Lead Organizer), Symposium at the Initiative for Romani Music at New York University, 25-27 April.

2012        “Music: Parts and Labor” Graduate Student Conference (Co-Organizer), New York University Department of Music, 27-28 April.

2011        “Opre! A Symposium on Romani (Gypsy) Musics and Cultures” (Assistant Organizer), Symposium at the Initiative for Romani Music at New York University, 21 November.


University of Maryland

• Music, Language, and Signs (graduate seminar, Fall 2021)

• Race, Ethnicity, and Romani Musics (undergraduate/graduate course, Fall 2021)

• Selected Musical Cultures of the World (undergraduate general education course, Fall 2017 and 2018, every Spring 2018-2022)

• Music as Global Culture (undergraduate music history course, Fall 2020)

• Sounds of the Mediterranean (undergraduate/graduate course, Fall 2017)

• Field Methods in Ethnomusicology I (graduate seminar, every Spring 2018-2022)

• Music and Language (graduate seminar, Fall 2018)

• Roma in Europe (undergraduate/graduate course, Fall 2019)

New York University

• Music of New York (Instructor of record, Winter 2013, Summer 2016)

• The Art of Listening: How to Listen to Gypsies (Instructor of record, Fall 2014)

• Expressive Cultures: Sounds: Music and Language (TA, Fall 2013)

• Expressive Cultures: Sounds: Contemplating Voice (TA, Spring 2012)

• Expressive Cultures: Sounds: Music of the Brazilian Diaspora in New York (TA, Fall 2011)



2013-14        Visiting Scholar, Centre de Recherche en Ethnomusicologie, Laboratoire d’ethnologie et de sociologie comparative, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre – La Défense

2011-12        Research Assistant, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, New York University                           

2009-10        Research Fellow, Department of Anthropology, Boston University


Reviewer for Oxford University Press, University of Illinois Press, and journals American Anthropologist, Ethnomusicology, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Jazz and Culture, and Journal of Linguistic Anthropology

2022-        Musicology Now Deputy Editor

2022-        Program Committee, Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting 2023

2021-        Society for Ethnomusicology Council Member

2021-22        University of Maryland College of Arts and Humanities PhD Task Force

2020-22        Musicology Now Curatorial Board Member

2020        Convener, Critical Studies in Race and Racism Reading Group, University of Maryland School of Music

2020        Program Chair, Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting

2020        Program Committee Member, Sound Studies Section of the Society for Ethnomusicology

2019-22        University of Maryland Senate Member

2019-        Ethnomusicology Editorial Board Member

2019-        Co-Chair, Colloquium and Music Scholars Lecture Series Committee, UMD School of Music

2019, 2021        Program Committee Member, Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology

2019-20        University of Maryland School of Music Visiting Artist Series Faculty Liaison

2018-        University of Maryland Fulbright Committee Member

2018-21        Chair, Improvisation Section, Society for Ethnomusicology

2018-20        Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology

2018        University of Maryland College of Arts and Humanities Collegiate Council Member

2017-        Co-Organizer, Graduate Student Workshop Series, UMD School of Music

2017-19, 2021-        Undergraduate Committee, University of Maryland School of Music

2017-18        Co-Chair, Improvisation Section, Society for Ethnomusicology

2017-18        Keeping Our Faculties (Program of UMD ADVANCE) Member

2015-17        Co-Chair, Special Interest Group for European Music, Society for Ethnomusicology

2015-16        Student Representative, Musicology Search Committee, NYU Department of Music

2014-17        Organizational Liaison, Improvisation Section, Society for Ethnomusicology

2013-        Principal Coordinator, The Initiative for Romani Music at New York University

2010-13        Coordinator, The Initiative for Romani Music at New York University

2010-12        Communications Officer, Improvisation Special Interest Group, Society for Ethnomusicology

Thesis and Dissertation Committees at the University of Maryland

• Allison Coe, M.A. in Ethnomusicology

• Maya Cunningham, M.A. in Ethnomusicology

• Víctor Hernández-Sang, M.A. in Ethnomusicology

• Kimia Hesabi, D.M.A. in Viola Performance

• Benjamin Jackson, Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology

• Amyr Joyner, D.M.A. in Violin Performance

• Timothy Keeler, D.M.A. in Choral Conducting

• Julia Kuhlman, Ph.D. in Musicology

• Elizabeth Massey, Ph.D. in Musicology

• Allie Pecoraro, M.A. in Ethnomusicology

• W. Donnie Scally, Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology

• Nicole Steinberg, Ph.D. in Musicology

Julia Topper, Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology

Maxwell Yamane, M.A. and Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology

• Hyunjin Yeo, Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology

• Xiaoshan (Ilsa) Yin, Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology

Advisees at the University of Maryland

• Meghan Creek, Ph.D. in Musicology

• Mariángel Villalobos, Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology

• Heyni Solera, M.A. in Ethnomusicology (degree conferred 2020)

• Victoria Visceglia, M.A. in Ethnomusicology (degree conferred 2019)


2022-         Volunteer Proofreader, Scholars at Risk Network, New York

2016-         Curator, RomArchive, Berlin

2015-16        Assistant Ethnographer, The Public Theater, New York

2014        Consultant, European Roma and Travellers Forum, Council of Europe, Strasbourg

2012        Public Relations Intern, La Fédération nationale des associations solidaires d'action avec les Tsiganes et les Gens du voyage (FNASAT), Paris



• English: native speaker

• French: fluent

Musicianship: Violist, violinist and vocalist trained in classical and improvisational styles. Performances with various artists and ensembles across a range of genres, including jazz manouche and Bulgarian vocal music. Director of Raklorom, NYU’s Romani ensemble, 2012-2013.