August 25, 2016

Faculty Q & A with Kaley Mason

Fall, 2016 sees the arrival of five new tenure-track members to the College of Arts & Sciences. To welcome our community’s newest members, our office sent them a brief questionnaire so that we may get to know them a little better.


PhD, University of Alberta; B.Mus., Queen’s University at Kingston.

Research and Teaching Interests

Music and Politics, Social Movements, South Asia, Francophonie, Creative Economies, Mobility, Ritual, Film

What most excites you about joining the L&C community?

Vibrant world music program, campus community committed to social justice, activism, and ecoconsciousness, emphasis on global outreach and intercultural understanding (pioneering study abroad)

Describe the current trajectory of your scholarly research.

My current project tracks the relationship between art and activism in song in South India, from the music of political theater and revolutionary film, to emergent genres like alternative rock. I’m also researching different ways in which musical and culinary practices intersect, an area that I’ve recently explored with students in a seminar on gastromusicology.

What kind of hobbies or special activities do you enjoy outside of work?

Hiking, canoeing, gardening, racquet sports, cooking, and reading historical fiction.

What were your childhood goals/aspirations?

Traveling, painting, songwriting, film music composing

What are you listening to in your car right now?

Franco-Chilean hip-hop artist, Ana Tijoux (2014 album, Vengo)

What was your favorite childhood story?

Robin Hood