Liza Munk

Graduate Student




Liza Munk is a PhD student in Ethnomusicology at UC Santa Barbara. She has served as a teaching assistant for courses on world music, American popular music, writing about music, and music and society.

In 2017, she received her MA in Ethnomusicology from UCSB. She worked with Dr. Scott Marcus and Dr. Barbara Tomlinson in the UCSB Feminist Studies Department to produce her master’s thesis, “Alternative Arabic Music in Jordan,” based on summer fieldwork in Amman in 2016 and 2017.

Liza served as secretary/treasurer for the Society for Ethnomusicology Student Union from 2015-2017, and as founder and co-editor for the Student Union blog from 2014-2017.

In 2014, Liza received her BA in Ethnomusicology from Franklin and Marshall College. At F&M, Liza studied under Dr. Sylvia Alajaji, who supervised her honors thesis, “Total Praise: Musical Community and the Bahá’í Choral Music Festival,” based on fieldwork in Wilmette, Illinois.  

An active musician in multiple styles, Liza has studied the 'ud and nay with Dr. Scott Marcus and performed on the nay and with the choir for the UCSB Middle East ensemble. In Fall 2012, Liza performed as the oboist for the New York Arabic Orchestra, at Columbia University and Detroit Symphony Hall. She also served as principal oboist and section leader of the Franklin and Marshall College Orchestra and Philharmonia, the college’s chamber orchestra.

Liza’s research interests include Middle Eastern alternative music scenes, feminist studies, globalization, and popular music studies.