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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Carol Babiracki

Babiracki portrait

Research Associate Professor and Fleming Trust Faculty

Music History & Cultures

Art and Music Histories

Asian-Asian American Studies

South Asian Studies

308 K Bowne Hall


Research and Teaching Interests

Ethnomusicology, South Asian music and dance, ethnic and immigrant music and dance in the U. S., music of the Middle East


Ph.D.Musicology/Ethnomusicology, University of Illinois, 1991


Introduction to World Music
Music in Multicultural America
Music and Dance in India
Worlds of Dance

Selected Articles / Book Chapters

“Dances with Love in Jharkhand: From Akhras to Albums,” for the book Performing Gender, Place and Emotion, Eastman/Rochester Studies in Ethnomusicology, University of Rochester Press [in progress]

“Ravâbat darvanî-ye dastgâh-e shur.” (Carol Babiracki and Bruno Nettl) Faslnâmeh-ye Musiqi-ye Mâhûr/Mahoor Music Quarterly 11 (42) Winter 2009, pp. 7-55. Translated by Natalie Chubineh. (Translation of “Interrelationships in Shur” (1992).

News Articles

South Asia Center Awarded $1.4 Million for Language Instruction, Faculty Research, Public Outreach

(Nov. 8, 2018)

SAC part of Syracuse-Cornell South Asia Consortium

Democratizing Knowledge: Faculty Research in the Humanities (Part IV)

(May 3, 2018)

Democratization, internationalization rewrite rules of humanistic scholarship

Song of India

(Aug. 25, 2017)

Ethnomusicologist Carol Babiracki reflects on scholarly, artistic partnership with legendary Mukund Nayak

Awards, Honors, Grants

Meredith Teaching Recognition Award, Syracuse University, Spring 2004

Phi Kappa Phi, scholastic honor society, University of Minnesota, Spring 1978

Pi Kappa Lambda, music honor society, University of Minnesota, Spring 1975

Phi Beta Kappa, University of Minnesota, Spring 1974.Fall 2008. Proposal for Chancellor‟s Leadership Grant, “Syracuse Community Music Collaborative,” Syracuse University.

Fall 2008. Proposal for U.Encounter Program Funding, Syracuse University, for HNR 340: Performing Culture on a Global Stage.

Fall 2008. Mellon Humanities Corridor grant in support of the symposium “Music and the Common Good: Listening to Haudenosaunee Voices,”Syracuse University, Nov. 17, 2008.

Fall 2005, 2006. Arts and Sciences Faculty Development and Travel Grants, Syracuse University, for field research in India.

Spring 2003. Alternate for senior fellowship from American Institute of Indian Studies.

Spring 2002. Alternate for grants from American Association of University Women and American Institute of Indian Studies.