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Christopher L. Ballengee, Ph.D. teaches courses in world music, popular music, music history, music and gender, and anthropology. Ballengee holds a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of Florida, Master of Music in ethnomusicology from Bowling Green State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in music from Lenoir-Rhyne University. Ballengee’s wide-ranging research interests include music of the Caribbean, world music pedagogy, online and hybrid teaching methods, theater sound design, and ethnographic film.

His scholarly work in ethnomusicology has centered on the music of Trinidad and Tobago, especially that of the Indian diaspora. His dissertation, “From Indian to Indo-Creole: Tassa Drumming, Creolization, and Indo-Caribbean Nationalism in Trinidad and Tobago,” is the first large-scale study of tassa drumming that highlights the organology, repertoire and socio-cultural impact of tassa performance. Ballengee’s research has been presented at numerous regional, national and international conferences.

Recent and forthcoming publications

“Steel Orchestras and Tassa Bands: Multiculturalism, Collective Creativity, and the Potential of Co-National Instruments in Trinidad & Tobago,” in Orchestras in Global Perspective, edited by Tina K. Ramnarine. Forthcoming.

“An Ethnographic Video Project for the Music Classroom,” in The Music Documentary: Acid Rock to Electropop, edited by Benjamin Halligan, et al. Routledge, 2013.

Co-translator with Ben Hebblethwaite, et. al., Vodou Songs and Texts in Haitian Creole and English. Temple University Press, 2011.