Benjamin J. Harbert is an associate professor of music at Georgetown University. He is also a member of the American Studies, Anthropology, and Film and Media Studies departments. He is the author of American Music Documentary: Five Case Studies of Ciné-Ethnomusicology (2018, Wesleyan University Press), producer and director of Follow Me Down: Portraits of Louisiana Prison Musicians (2013, Films for the Humanities and Sciences), and co-editor of The Arab Avant-Garde: Music, Politics, Modernity (2013, Wesleyan University Press). Harbert has been a teaching fellow at University of California, Los Angeles and a lecturer at Pomona College as well as a resident artist at the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County. Before returning to academia, he directed the guitar, percussion and music theory programs at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music.
Research Interests:music, film, labor, ethnomusicology, sound studies, incarceration
Areas of Concentration: USA, Near East