CV

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Education

2011-present
Ph.D in Ethnomusicology (expected 2017)
Brown University, Providence, RI

Advisor: Kiri Miller

Areas of focus: music of the African Diaspora, virtual communities, music and technology

2007-2011
B.A. in History and Literature and Music
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Thesis: Princess Magogo Revisited: Gender and Nationalism in South African Women's Music

Advisor: Kay Shelemay

Areas of Focus: Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean

Experience

2010
Fulbright-Hays Zulu GPA
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Studied intermediate-advanced Zulu in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa with twelve other undergraduate and graduate students under the auspices of the Fulbright-Hays Zulu Group Project Abroad. Lived for two weeks with a family in iMbali township and another three with a family in rural Maqongqo while taking language classes taught by professors from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Attended an umemulo ceremony, had an audience with Princess Gcwalisile Zulu- Kabanyane, and traveled to numerous sites of Zulu cultural heritage.

2009
Summer Cooperative African Language Institute
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Studied beginning Zulu with other students from across the country. Gave an informal presentation on the history of gumboot dancing and led a Southern African choral group comprised of Zulu, Xhosa, Shona, and Tswana students, singing "Shosholoza" and "Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrica."

Languages

Spanish, Advanced

French, Intermediate

Zulu, Intermediate

Ensembles

2011-present
Brown Sacred Harp/Shape-Note Singing
2010-2011
Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum
2010-2011
HRCM Chamber Singers

Publications

Johnson-Roberson, C. Review of the book Black Literate Lives: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives by M. T. Fisher. Urban Education, 45(6): 871-878, November 2010.

Awards

2011
Thomas T. Hoopes Prize
2010-2011
Leonard Bernstein Music Scholarship
2010
Oliver-Dabney Prize in History and Literature (Junior)
2009-2011
John Langstroth Cassis and Sara Cassis Undergraduate Scholarship
2010-2011
National Achievement Award Scholar; National Merit Finalist
2007
AP Scholar with Distinction

Other

2011
Presidential Instructional Technology Fellow
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Developed an HTML5 web application for teaching keyboard harmony

2007-2011
Student Computing Technician
Harvard University, Providence, RI

Student supervisor since Fall 2010; provided technical support to students, faculty and staff