Aleysia Whitmore

Aleysia Whitmore

Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology; Director of Community Engagement for The Spirituals Project

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What I do

Associate Professor, Ethnomusicology
Director of Community Engagement, The Spirituals Project



Professional Biography

Aleysia K. Whitmore is an Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology and Director of Community Engagement for The Spirituals Project at the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver. Her research focuses on cultural policy, the global music industries, and globalization. Her book, World Music and the Black Atlantic (Oxford University Press 2020), analyzes how musicians, industry actors, and audiences create, promote, and consume West African and Cuban musics in the world music industry. Her current book project, Sounds of a Porte Ouverte, examines how cultural policies engage with cultural diversity in southeastern France. She is also conducting research on The Spirituals Project, community music making, and social justice in Denver. She has taught popular music, world music, and classical music courses at Brown University, Boston College, the University of Miami, and the University of Colorado Denver. She holds a BMus from the University of Toronto and AM and PhD degrees in ethnomusicology from Brown University.


  • Ph.D., Ethnomusicology, Brown University, 2014
  • MA, Ethnomusicology, Brown University, 2010
  • BM, Ethnomusicology, University of Toronto, 2008

Licensure / Accreditations

  • Brown Executive Scholars Training Program
  • Teaching Certificate