Department of Music


Christopher Newman is a Ph.D. student in the Musicology and Ethnomusicology program at Brown University. He is especially interested in the roles of music and sound in systems of inequality and, particularly, their intersections with race, class, and gender. His research is often applied in nature and is fueled by activism and a desire for social justice. Thematically and geographically, his research encompasses sound studies, folklore, anthropology, public humanities, Central America, Appalachia, Black American music, immigration, tourism, and timbre among others. His writing has been selected for presentation at SEM-SEC 2020 and the inaugural String Band Summit 2022. Christopher holds a BA with honors and a double concentration in Anthropology and Music and Culture from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He also composes and performs on the guitar, banjo, and electric bass.