Yana Stainova

Postdoctoral Fellow, Society of Fellows

Yana Stainova's work focuses on artistic expression and social transformation in Latin America. Her first book project explores what it means to be touched by music, to experience wonder, hope, and creative possibility, for young people living in the margins of Venezuelan society. She traces the reverberations of musical enchantments in people's everyday lives, and follows their trajectories as they collide with the larger forces, such as state and institutional power, that sway human destinies. The ethnographic site of her research is El Sistema, a classical music education program for youth living in the barrios of Venezuela. Her second book projects extends her interests to questions of immigration, citizenship, identity, and belonging by exploring the works of women artists from Latino communities in East Los Angeles. It studies the link between artistic creativity and social and political aspirations.