Sylvia Alajaji Professor of Music



Professor Alajaji received her Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music. She specializes in the music of the Middle East and is particularly interested in the intersections of music, popular culture, and politics. Her research is based on extensive fieldwork conducted throughout the Middle East and United States.


Ph.D., Musicology, Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester)
Alfred T. Mann Dissertation Award

B.M., Piano Performance (Minor in Chemistry), University of Tulsa, 2001
Summa cum laude
Phi Beta Kappa

Research/Teaching Author

Music and the Armenian Diaspora: Searching for Home in Exile

Research/Teaching Areas

Musics of the Middle East and its diasporas, Music and Popular Culture, Postcoloniality