The purpose of the AIMS GSA is to promote dialog among graduate students who are interested in or working on studies related to northern Africa, defined broadly as Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya. Members come from nearly every discipline imaginable: from anthropology to art history, from bioclimatology to political science, and from history to economics.

2019 GSA President
Rachel Colwell, University of California, Berkeley

Rachel Colwell is a Doctoral Candidate in Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Berkeley, specializing in ma’lūf, Tunisian art music. In her ethnographic work, she investigates the connections to geographic places and movements, sonic histories, and affective orientations perpetuated and challenged through contemporary Tunisian listening. She advocates for increased attention to musical access and participation in post-authoritarian contexts and for multisensory and emplaced knowledge as key sites of continued anti-colonial resistance and scholarship. She holds a BA in Anthropology and Musical Studies from Oberlin College. This coming year she will be a Visiting Assistant Professor in Ethnomusicology at Grinnell College, where she will teach courses and direct the Grinnell Arab Music Firqa.