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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Ruth S. Opara

Ruth S. Opara portrait

Assistant Professor

Art and Music Histories

308A Bowne Hall


Research and Teaching Interests

Her research and teaching areas include music in Africa and the production of knowledge, Music and the Global Woman, music and gender, Black Atlantic Music, African music and transnational encounters.

Professional Experience

Before coming to Syracuse University, she was a Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Department of Music, Columbia University, New York. Dr. Opara has also taught at Skidmore College, University of Colorado Boulder, and Nigeria as a Visiting Assistant Professor, instructor, and lecturer.

Grant Funded Research

  • Summer Dissertation Writing Fellowship, Graduate School, University of Colorado, Boulder. Summer 2017.
  • College of Music Graduate Student Grand Fund, College of Music, University of Colorado, Boulder Summer 2016 (Fund for Research fieldwork).
  • Graduate Travel Award, Graduate School, University of Colorado, Boulder Spring 2015.
  • Provost Fellow in the University Library, University of Colorado, Boulder Spring 2014.
  • University Fellowship, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Louisville, KY, USA 2012-2013.

Educational Background

She got her Ph.D. in Musicology with Ethnomusicology focus from the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA, Master in Pan African Studies from the University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA, and Bachelor in Music Education from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.