Assistant Professor of Music Natalie Zelensky recently received a 2013 National Endowment for the Humanities summer fellowship to Columbia University’s Harriman Institute. The  three-week institute is titled “America’s Russian-Speaking Immigrants and Refugees: 20th-Century Migration and Memory.”  

This was the most competitive year for this fellowship to date. In June, she will be part of an interdisciplinary group of scholars who collaborate, discuss, and research the topic. Zelensky will apply the work to her book project on Russian music making in New York and its influences on discourses of Russianness within the diaspora and within the sphere of American popular culture and politics.

Zelensky, who earned her Ph.D. at Northwestern, teaches Introduction to World Music and Introduction to Ethnomusicology at Colby as well as a history of rock ‘n’ roll course.