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Sarah Plovnick

I use decolonial methodologies to research music and disaster. I focus primarily on topics such as resilience, resistance, and noise regulation in the context of the 2017 hurricanes in Puerto Rico. I am also a co-founder of the Computational Music Research Working Group.

Originally from the Boston area, I completed a B.A. in Music and Comparative Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to my doctoral studies, I spent a year in the Dominican Republic supported by a Fulbright-mtvU fellowship, during which I studied the intersection of jazz with Afro-Dominican musics and taught youth music at the DREAM Project. I perform regularly on the French horn with a focus on jazz and other improvised musics.

Research Interests: music and disaster, decoloniality, Puerto Rican and Dominican traditional and popular musics, Bay Area Puerto Rican diasporic community, computational music research