Yana Stainova

Academic Appointments

Postdoctoral Fellow, Society of Fellows

As a sociocultural anthropologist, I study artistic expression and social transformation in Latin America. My first book project, Sonorous Worlds: Enchantment and Aspiration in Venezuela, explores how young people on the urban margins use music to create selves and worlds against the forces of social exclusion, everyday gang violence, political repression, and forced migration. I portray the practice of music as a power that colors people’s experiences of everyday life and shapes their ideas about the future. The ethnographic site of my research is El Sistema, a classical music education program for youth living in the barrios of Venezuela. My second book project asks what music can teach us about migration, citizenship, identity, and belonging. I trace the link between artistic creativity and political activism by studying the music practices of Latinx communities in Los Angeles.


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  • B.A. Mount Holyoke College, summa cum laude, 2009
  • Ph.D. Brown University, 2016