Genevieve E. Dempsey

Genevieve E. Dempsey

2021-2022 ALARI Visiting Research Associate
Genevieve Dempsey

Genevieve E. Dempsey is an ethnomusicologist and musician, specializing largely in the musics of Latin America and the Lusophone world. She received her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of Chicago in 2016. Her ethnographic and archival research has taken her to, among other places, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Lisbon, and Buenos Aires, where she examined music and ritual, race, class, gender, and sexuality. She is the author of a forthcoming article, “Audible Immanence: Music and Myth in Afro-Brazilian Catholicism,” in the Yale Journal of Music and Religion, which explores sound, myth, sacredness, and blackness in Brazil. Her most recent articles, “Queens and Captains: On Gender in Brazilian Congado” and “Gilded Song: Black Festivity in Colonial Brazil,” examine the intersection of history, colonialism, song, and body politics in Afro-Brazilian musico-religious communities. Dempsey has been awarded a number of prestigious fellowships, including grants from the Reed Foundation, American Association of University Women, Fulbright U.S. Student Program, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, and the United States Department of Education. Prior to the University of Chicago, she graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in Political Science, Economics, and Latin American Studies. She was a Mark Claster Mamolen Fellow Academic Year 2017-18.