UChicago Students and Alumni Receive Research and Publication Prizes



The Department of Music is pleased to acknowledge students and alumni who have received research and publication prizes at recent meetings of the Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, the Society for Ethnomusicology, and the Society for Music Theory. Congratulations to all!


Chris Batterman Cháirez (PhD candidate in ethnomusicology) was awarded the Roseberry-Nash Prize for the Best Unpublished Article by a Graduate Student by the Society for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the American Anthropological Association. His paper is titled “Intimidad, incertidumbre, impase: una etnografía de la escucha y el ordinario en el Lago de Pátzcuaro, Michoacán.”

The annual Roseberry-Nash Prize honors the work of two distinguished anthropologists, June Nash and William Roseberry, for their multiple contributions to the anthropological understanding of Latin America. Eligible papers draw on relevant anthropological literature and present data from original research in any field of Latin American and Caribbean anthropology.


Rich Jankowsky (PhD 2004; now on the faculty of Tufts University) was awarded the Society for Ethnomusicology's Alan Merriam Prize for the outstanding book by a senior scholar for Ambient Sufism: Ritual Niches and the Social Work of Musical Form (University of Chicago Press).

The Alan Merriam Prize recognizes the most distinguished English-language monograph in the field of ethnomusicology, published as the author’s second or a later monograph.


Kristin McGee (PhD 2003; now on the faculty of the University of Groningen) received Honorable Mention from the Society for Ethnomusicology's Ellen Koskoff Prize for the Best Edited Volume (Beyoncé in the World: Making Meaning with Queen Bey in Troubled Times, Wesleyan University Press).

The Ellen Koskoff Edited Volume Prize honors each year a book collection of ethnomusicological essays of exceptional merit edited by a scholar or scholars. Established to honor the editor of Women and Music in Cross-Cultural Perspective (University of Illinois, 1988) and Music Cultures in the United States: An Introduction (Routledge, 2005), both significant contributions to the field ethnomusicology, the Koskoff Prize acknowledges the value of the collective contributions to a volume, while recognizing the central role of the editor(s) in conceiving and shaping the whole. 


Chelsea Burns (PhD 2016; now on the faculty of the University of Texas-Austin) received an Outstanding Publication Award from the Society for Music Theory for “‘Musique cannibale’: The Evolving Sound of Indigeneity in Heitor Villa-Lobos's Tres poêmas indigenas,” Music Theory Spectrum 43, no. 1 (2021).

The Outstanding Publication Award is given for a distinguished article by an author of any age or career stage.


Mariusz Kozak (PhD 2012; now on the faculty of Columbia University) received two publication awards at the annual meeting of the Society for Music Theory. He received an Outstanding Publication Award for his article “Feeling Meter: Kinesthetic Knowledge and the Case of Recent Progressive Metal,” Journal of Music Theory 65, no. 2 (2021). He also received the Emerging Scholar Award (book) for Enacting Musical Time: The Bodily Experience of New Music (Oxford University Press, 2020).

The Emerging Scholar Award (book) is given for a book published no more than ten calendar years after the author’s receipt of the Ph.D.