Research Interests: Aesthetics, ethnomusicology, performance, food, migration, displacement; Middle East, Mediterranean
Jonathan Shannon is Professor of Anthropology at Hunter College and has cross-appointments in the PhD Programs in Anthropology and Music at the Graduate Center. He is the author of two scholarly books, Among the Jasmine Trees: Music and Modernity in Contemporary Syria (Wesleyan, 2006), and Performing al-Andalus: Music and Nostalgia around the Mediterranean (Indiana, 2015), and a novella, A Wintry Day in Damascus: Syrian Stories (Nawfara Books, 2012). He has published widely in cultural anthropology and ethnomusicology journals. His current research analyzes the lifeways of Syrian migrant musicians in Turkey, Germany, and Sweden. He is currently preparing two manuscripts: Sounding Home: Syrian Migrant Musicians from Syria to Scandinavia, and an edited volume Cooking the Nation: New Perspectives on Cuisine and Nationalism.