Ben DuPriest is a Ph.D. candidate in ethnomusicology at the University of Pennsylvania. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, he earned an MA in historical musicology from the University of Georgia in Athens, where he lived, trained, and worked as a drummer and line cook.
His work examines the entanglement of musical pasts and presents in the American South, particularly with respect to issues of race, region, and genre in popular and folk musics. Using the modern-day Mississippi blues scene as an ethnographic case study, his dissertation research addresses ideas about cultural heritage, divergent historical consciousnesses, and the gravity of these phenomena on mechanisms of contemporary musical performance.
Brown Bags occur on select Wednesdays during the school year in the Tupelo Room of Barnard Observatory.