Current Faculty

Jennifer Ryan

Assistant Professor

education:  Ph.D., at University of Pennsylvania, 2008

office:  Stalker Hall 109D


phone:  (812) 237-2554

office hours:  T/TH, 10:45-11:30 am, or by appt.

Faculty Profile

Jennifer Ryan received her B. Mus. in Music History from the University of Memphis in 1998 and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008.  Her dissertation, "Can I get a Witness?': Soul and Salvation in Memphis Music," concerns the blurry line between the sacred and the secular in soul music, both past and present.  Her work appears in Black Music Research Journal, Popular Music, and the forthcoming Encyclopedia of African American Music.  She is the co-founder and co-chair of the Society for Ethnomusicology's Special Interest Group for Sacred and Religious music.  Her current research concerns music and tourism and music on expeditions to Antarctica.

Courses taught at ISU:

AFRI 113 - Foundations of African and African American Studies
AFRI 212 -  African American Cultural Traditions
AFRI 312 - Socio-Political Development and Change in the African & Afr. Amer. World
AFRI 325/MUS 330 - Survey of Blues and Rock
AFRI 329/MUS 329- Music in Africa
AFRI 423M/MUS 425 - Survey of African American Music
AFRI 486 - Senior Seminar in African and African American Studies