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Melissa Scott

Melissa’s research focuses on how forced migration within the Middle East shapes and intersects with music education in Jordan, with a critical focus on local practices and discourses of humanitarianism. Learn more here:

Melissa was recently a CASA fellow at the American University in Cairo for the 2017-18 year. She is also an oudist and performs regularly with the Aswat Ensemble in Oakland and Berkeley’s Disoriental. Her primary oud teachers are Omar Abbad (Jordan) and Jamal Benbrahim (Morocco), but she has also had lessons with Tareq Jundi (Jordan), Charbel Rouhana (Lebanon), and Muhammad Qadri Dalal (Syria) on oud, and Loay Dahbour (Palestine) on percussion. She received her BA in Music from the University of Chicago.


Levantine and Gulf music, critical anthropology of humanitarianism, theories of place and place-making, critical refugee studies, secularism and secularity, affective labor, phenomenology, sound studies, sound and violence, late Ottoman studies