Yana Stainova

Postdoctoral Fellow, Society of Fellows

Yana Stainova is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows and an anthropologist of music, youth, and violence. She is interested in exploring how young musicians negotiate social exclusion, class hierarchies, and aspiration through musical practices. She received her Ph.D. in anthropology at Brown University and her B.A. summa cum laude at Mount Holyoke College. Her current book project tentatively titled Musical Enchantments: the Social Resonance of Classical Music in Venezuela’s 'El Sistema' explores the transformative power of music practice for your people as they aspire to craft their lives amid social exclusion, everyday gang violence, and state repression in Venezuela.