Katherine Scahill


Eighth Year Graduate Student in Ethnomusicology

103, Music Building

Katherine Scahill is a seventh-year PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania working at the intersection of religious studies, music, and sound studies. Her research interests include the aural/oral dimensions of Buddhist practice, material religion, and Thai musicology and ethnomusicology. She is particularly interested in bringing sound and media studies into dialogue with religious studies to consider histories of the senses that do not operate (wholly) within a disenchanted, secular epistemology. Past projects have included research on Penn’s collection of Thai Buddhist manuscripts, and a multimodal project in collaboration with a Thai Buddhist temple in Pennsylvania. Previously, she earned a BA in Music from Wesleyan University and Masters in Religion from the Yale Divinity School and Institute of Sacred Music.