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Stainova Yana, Assistant Professor

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Yana Stainova

Assistant Professor

Department of Anthropology

Area(s) of Interest:


As a sociocultural anthropologist, I am interested in art, urban poverty, social inequality, migration, and the lived experience of violence in Latin America. My research explores how people summon music practices to pursue visions of social justice in the face of political turmoil and barriers to immigration. My first book project entitled Sonorous Worlds: Enchantment and Aspiration in Venezuela studies how youths coming of age in the urban barrios of Caracas use music and stories to push back against the forces of everyday violence, social exclusion, and state repression. My second book project, tentatively titled Migrant Music, focuses on Latinx migration and artistic practices in North America. 


B.A. Mount Holyoke College, summa cum laude, 2009

Ph.D. Brown University, 2016


Recent Publications


In Press. “Dancing Energies: Music, the Ineffable, and State Power in Venezuela,” Anthropological Quarterly

 In Press. “Enchantment as Method,” Anthropology and Humanism