Elizabeth Bynum


Fifth Year Joint Graduate Student in Ethnomusicology and Anthropology


Room 103, Lerner Music Building

I am a PhD candidate in Music and Anthropology. As an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, I conducted fieldwork at the Gnaoua and World Music Festival in Essaouira, Morocco. Through that project, I asked how festival organizers reimagine Morocco’s relationship with other regions in Africa and connect Gnaoua music to its sub-Saharan roots. During PhD coursework, my research shifted to Mexico, and my dissertation project examines citizen and government engagements with urban sound and noise pollution in Mexico City, in relationship to questions of public space, gentrification, and rights to the city. In 2020, I was awarded a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Abroad research grant to fund my fieldwork in Mexico City.