Richard Smith

Ethnomusicology

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Richard Smith (they/them) is a candidate in ethnomusicology. Their dissertation explores what it means to be queer and Arab in Israel, and how music may negotiate these identities. As a 2020 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad fellow Richard will soon return to Israel for 12 months where they will examine further the complexities that non-binary and trans* identities reveal within a binary society. Richard’s work draws upon their interests in drag, the use of language, social media, creative networks. They have presented their research in the United States and abroad. Outside the university, Richard enjoys live-streaming atmospheric horror, and other story-based video games, performing and creating drag, and working as a professional drag and burlesque photographer.

Contact: rijsmith@umich.edu

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