Vincent Kelley


Third Year Graduate Student in Ethnomusicology

Vincent Kelley is a Ph.D. student in Ethnomusicology with interests in South Asian music, jazz and Afro-American music, religion, social theory, and the history of ethnomusicology. In 2016, Vincent received a B.A. in Religious Studies from Grinnell College and was a Fulbright researcher in India in 2016-17. He completed a M.Mus. in Musicology and Ethnomusicology from King’s College London in 2019, where he wrote a thesis on the historical, aesthetic, and social relationships among the tabla, naqqara (kettle drum), and kathak dance in North India. Vincent performs on drum set and tabla in jazz, Hindustani, and popular music settings in the United States and India. He also has a strong interest in Hindi, Urdu, and Persian language and literature and has received American Institute of Indian Stuides and Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships for Urdu and Persian language study. He plans to pursue a dissertation project centered around the international musical, political, and cultural interactions fostered by the Jazz Yatra festivals in post-Independence Mumbai and Delhi, India.