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Shireen Nabatian

PhD Student in Cross-Cultural Musicology

Ms. Nabatian is a PhD student at UCSC and a musician specializing in Balkan and Turkish folk music. Her current research focuses on issues in migration and belonging for Iranian musicians in Western Turkey

Selected Publications: 

“Persian and Central Asian Dance Online in the Era of COVID-19: The Interpretations, Im/mobilities, and Refusals of Pomegranate Garden Dance” Anthony Shay, ed. Dance of the Persianate World. Mazda Publishers. (in press)

Honors and Awards: 

2022                American Research Institute in Turkey Summer Fellowship sponsored by Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad

2022                Arts Dean’s Fund for Excellence, UCSC

2022                Graduate Pedagogy Fellowship, Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, UCSC

2020                FLAS, Indiana University, Bloomington – Center for Islamic Studies


Education and Training: 
M.A. in Music, UCSC. Master’s Thesis: “’A Window from Heaven’: Surviving the Pandemic with Pomegranate Garden Dance.” Advised by Dr. Tanya Merchant
B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies, University of British Columbia
Diploma in Violin Performance Studies, Vancouver Community College
Teaching Interests: 

Pedagogy of Music

Introduction to World Music

Music of the Balkans

Music of Mesopotamia and Anatolia

Romani Music in Europe