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Catherine M. Appert

Assistant Professor

Lincoln Hall, Room 108

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles



Catherine M. Appert holds a B.M. in piano performance from Rutgers University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Her research on Senegalese hip hop centers on questions of globalization, migration, and diaspora, the ethnographic study of musical genre, popular music and gender, and the intersections of music and memory. Other research interests include feminist and urban ethnography; global hip hop cultures; African, Atlantic, and postcolonial studies; and issues of gender and global representation in African traditional and popular musics.

Appert’s research has been supported by the Fulbright-Hays Program, the American Council for Learned Societies with the Mellon Foundation, the UCLA International Institute, and the Cornell Humanities Council. Her work has appeared in Ethnomusicology, Africa, and New Literary History, and she has presented her research at numerous annual meetings of the Society for Ethnomusicology, the American Anthropological Association, the African Studies Association, and the International Association for the Study of Popular Music.


hip hop, rap galsen, Senegal, rap, mbalax, Senegalese hip hop, ethnomusicology 


  • Music

Graduate Fields

  • Music


Refereed Journal Articles

  • 2016. "On Hybridity in African Popular Music: The Case of Senegalese Hip Hop." Ethnomusicology 60(2):279-99.
  • 2016. "Locating Hip Hop Origins: Popular Music and Tradition in Senegal." Africa 86(2):237-62.
  • 2015. "To Make Song without Singing: Hip Hop and Popular Music in Senegal." New Literary History 46(4):759-74.

Book Manuscript (in progress)

  • In Hip Hop Time: An Ethnography of Musical Meaning in Senegal