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Kristina Nielsen

OFAC 2006

Kristina Nielsen

Assistant Professor of Musicology

Kristina Nielsen received her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2017. Her research focuses on how music and dance in Aztec revitalization movements shape community histories and identities. Nielsen’s research is highly interdisciplinary and draws on ethnographic research methods, anthropology and area studies, particularly indigenous and Latin American studies. Her current project examines indigenous agency in the Mexican Folkloric Ballet’s staging of the indigenous past. In addition to her ethnographic research, Nielsen has conducted interdisciplinary archaeomusicological research on Mesoamerican ceramic whistles and ocarinas with Christophe Helmke of the University of Copenhagen. Nielsen has presented her work at conferences including the Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting, the International Study Group for Music Archaeology, the Society for American Music and the Society for American Archaeology. She has published works in Flower World: Music Archaeology of the Americasand on the Ethnomusicology Review “Historical Perspectives” Sounding Board.

Before arriving at SMU, Nielsen taught Latin American, indigenous, and world music survey courses at the University of California, Los Angeles, and at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash.


Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
B.M., Western Washington University

Selected Publications

“A Case Study of Maya Avian Ocarinas from Pook’s Hill, Belize.” Co-authored with Christophe Helmke. In Flower World: Music Archaeology of the Americas, Volume 4(Berlin: Ekho Verlag 2016), 79-98.

“The Role of Interpretation in Determining Continuity in Danza Azteca History.” Ethnomusicology Review Sounding Board, May 17, 2014


MUHI 1321: The Art of Listening
MUHI 6335: Introduction to Graduate Studies
MUHI 6336: Seminar in Musicology

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