Ryan Gourley is a second-year graduate student in Ethnomusicology. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, he completed his undergraduate studies in music at Brown University in 2016. At UC Berkeley, Ryan is the recipient of the Chancellor’s Fellowship for Graduate Study and is active in the Institute for Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES). He won first prize in the Berkeley Distinguished Fellows Video Contest in 2018 and was awarded a summer FLAS fellowship sponsored by the US Government to study in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
His research interests include Soviet jazz, music as a means of protest, Post-Soviet aesthetics, cultural ideology, nostalgia, and propaganda. He is a published photographer, poet, composer, and the founder of www.coldwarjazz.org.