Modernity and Musical Change
Music of the Middle East
History of Persian Music
Music and Emotional Experience
Dr. Lucas is an ethnomusicologist who specializes in the music history of the Middle East and the Persian-speaking world. Her primary research focuses on the history of music in Iran, comparative analysis between Persian, Arabic, and Turkic music culture, and the affect of modernization on indigenous music in Iran. Dr. Lucas has also done ethnographic fieldwork on music in Iran, Egypt, and Turkey. In addition to being an academic, Dr. Lucas is also an avid music performer. She performs Persian and Arabic music using the nay, a reed flute that exists in the Middle East in several different variations. She currently performs with several small Arabic ensembles in the Boston area.
University of California, Los Angeles, Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles, M.A.
Kansas State University of Agriculture and Applied Science, B.M.
Awards and Honors
Harvard University Center for Middle Eastern Studies Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2012)
Theodore and Jane Norman Award (2012)
New Faculty Postdoctoral Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies (2011)
Fulbright Hays Dissertation Fellowship (2006)
UCLA Graduate Research Mentorship (2004)
American Institute of Iranian Studies Fellowship (2003)
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) (2002)
|ANTH||63a||Non-Western Musical Traditions|
|MUS||27b||Music and Ecstasy|
|MUS||88b||Middle East Music Ensemble|
|MUS||153a||Music and Culture in the Middle East|
|MUS||180b||Proseminar in Ethnomusicology|
|MUS||181b||Fieldwork Seminar in Ethnomusicology|