Michelle Kisliuk is Associate Professor at the University of Virginia (Critical and Comparative Studies in Music program), where she teaches performance theory, ethnographic writing, and leads the African Music and Dance Ensemble. Her work challenges the divide between scholarship and performance/poetics. She is the author of Seize the Dance! BaAka Musical Life and the Ethnography of Performance (Oxford University Press 1998/paper 2000), which won the ASCAP Deems Taylor Special Recognition Award. She has also published influential essays in Shadows in the Field (Oxford University Press, 1996, new edition forthcoming) and Performing Ethnomusicology (University of California Press, 2004), among others. Her area specialities include the music of African forest people (BaAka) as well urban music and dance in the Central African Republic, and jam sessions at bluegrass festivals in the United States. By way of personalizing and particularizing aesthetic processes, her work engages with postcolonial politics; issues of race, class, ethnicity, gender, and identity formations. One of her current research projects will focus on a small group of African Jews.