Having earned her MA from Wesleyan in 2005 and Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Indiana University in 2012, Deborah Justice is currently a postdoctoral associate and lecturer in ethnomusicology at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. Her research interests focus on the phenomenological intersections between individual and social creation of meaning through music, the role of musical experience in creating community, and how practitioners interact with globalizing flows of music and media to transform local traditions over time. She is currently editing her book manuscript, which expands on themes of her dissertation to analyze the boundaries of group diversity and assess the permeability of these lines. She demonstrates how current institutionalized practices of musical pluralism depart from historical patterns within American Christianity. In addition, Deb plays old-time guitar and hammered dulcimer and can often be found playing at contra dances and Irish pub sessions.
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