Bard Faculty

Andrew J. Eisenberg

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music and Anthropology

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Anthropology, Music


B.M., New York University; Ph.D., Columbia University. Previously taught at University of Oxford, where he was a postdoctoral research associate; Stony Brook University, Northwestern University, Columbia University, and Center for Traditional Music and Dance, New York. Additional grants and fellowships include: Visiting Research Fellowship, Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin; Fulbright-Hays and Fulbright Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships; and Summer Mellon Research Fellowship. Ethnomusicological field research projects conducted in Nairobi, coastal Kenya, Zanzibar, and Tanzania. Publications include articles and chapters in Music, Sound, and Space: Transformations of Public and Private Experience (“Islam, Sound, and Space: Acoustemology and Muslim Citizenship on the Kenyan Coast”); Africa (“Hip-Hop and Cultural Citizenship on Kenya’s ‘Swahili Coast’”); and Anthropology News (“Toward an Acoustemology of Muslim Citizenship in Kenya”); with works in progress on subjects such as the recording industries in East Africa and Kenya’s popular music scene. He has also contributed entries for The New Encyclopedia of Africa and Encyclopedia Britannica; and written reviews for World of Music, Ethnomusicology, American Anthropologist, African Music Journal, Current Musicology, and others. He is a member of the international advisory board for Journal of African Cultural Studies. Musical expertise in percussion (jazz, Afro-Cuban, Arabic), guitar, Arabic ’ud. At Bard: 2013–2014.

Teaching Interests: African American music, African music, ethnomusicology, world music, and masterpieces of Western music


Phone: 845-758-6822