Rebecca Dirksen

Rebecca Dirksen

Assistant Professor, Folklore and Ethnomusicology


  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2012
  • M.A., University of Roehampton, London, 2006
  • B.M., Lawrence University and Conservatory of Music, 2003

Research interests

  • Haiti and its diaspora
  • Caribbean and Latin America
  • cultural approaches to grassroots development
  • creative responses to crisis, disaster, poverty, and violence
  • arts activism and international NGOs, aid, and humanitarianism
  • ecomusicology, diverse environmentalisms, traditional ecological knowledge, sustainability
  • intangible cultural heritage and cultural policy
  • applied/engaged/activist ethnomusicology

Courses recently taught

  • Applied Ethnomusicology (grad seminar)
  • Ecomusicology (grad seminar)
  • Filmmaking as Ethnography (grad seminar)
  • Fieldwork in Ethnomusicology (grad seminar)
  • Music and Disaster
  • Music and Development
  • Caribbean Carnival
  • Caribbean Music, Spiritual Ecology, and the Environment
  • Making Films: Music and Folklore
  • World Music and Culture

Selected awards & distinctions

  • Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award, 2019
  • Humanities Without Walls The Work of the Humanities in a Changing Climate Grand Research Challenge: “Field to Media: Applied Musicology for a Changing Climate,” 2018-2020. With Mark Pedelty, PI (University of Minnesota); co-PIs Rebecca Dirksen (Indiana University) and Michael Silvers (University of Illinois)
  • Radcliffe Fellow 2016-17 at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University
  • American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship, 2016-2017 (declined)
  • IU Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning / Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Active Learning Grant, 2015
  • Plaque d’honneur « pour son dévouement à l’avancement de la musique haïtienne », Conseil d’administration de la Banque de la République d’Haïti, presented by Haitian President Michel Martelly, January 2014

Publication highlights

Articles + Chapters
Other forms of scholarship