Alisha Lola Jones

Alisha Lola Jones

Assistant Professor, Ethnomusicology

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Religious Studies


  • Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2014
  • Certificate, Yale Institute of Sacred Music, 2007
  • M.Div., Yale Divinity School, 2007
  • B.M., Oberlin Conservatory, 2003

Research interests

  • Music and religion in the African diaspora
  • Men's studies
  • Gender and sexuality
  • identity
  • music industry
  • popular music
  • food studies
  • violence
  • voice studies

Recent articles & other publications

"Pole Dancing for Jesus: Negotiating Masculinity and Sexual Ambiguity Gospel Performance." Chapter contribution to the edited volume, Esotericism in the African Religious Experience: There is a Mystery, edited by Stephen Finley, Margarita Simon Guillory, Hugh R. Page, Jr. London: Brill, 2014.

"'Playin' Church': Questioning Authenticity in Black Gendered Gospel Performance." Readings in African Worship, Vol. 2. Edited by James Abbington. Chicago: GIA Publication, 2014.

The bibliographies of "Jennifer Holiday" and "Charles Stith," The African American National Biography, Henry Louis Gates, Jr and Evelyn Brooks-Higginbotham. Editors. London: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Recent courses

  • World Music and Culture
  • Music and Mysticism
  • Introduction to World Music
  • Introduction to Western Art Music