Lisa Urkevich

Professor of Musicology/Ethnomusicology

Dr. Lisa Urkevich is a leading specialist on the music and heritage of the Arabian Peninsula and the author of numerous publications on regional performing arts, including Music and Traditions of the Arabian Peninsula (Routledge), and Kuwait: Seas Songs of the Arabian Gulf (Multicultural Media). She is also the author of important research on Renaissance music manuscripts, notably those of Northern European women. 
Dr. Urkevich is a full professor of musicology/ethnomusicology, coordinator of the Department of Music and Drama, and former founding division head of Arts and Humanities at the American University of Kuwait (AUK). She also holds the post of general editor of the College Music Symposium, Journal of the College Music Society, the largest world-wide consortium of college, conservatory, university, and independent musicians and scholars. Before coming to Kuwait as a Fulbright scholar, and subsequently joining AUK, she was a full-time professor at Boston University (BU) where she held a joint position in the College of Fine Arts, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. At BU, she taught a myriad or courses to majors and graduate students, was the director of the Early Music Ensemble, oversaw doctoral dissertations, and introduced the first World Music classes. She has taught at several US institutions including Bucknell University and the University of Maryland. She is a Harvard University Fellow, a two-time senior Fulbright scholar, and was the University of Maryland Alumna of the Year. She holds four degrees: PhD from the University of Maryland; MM from Florida State University; BS from Towson University; BA from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.