Published 08/05/15

Fulbright Scholar Perullo heading to U. of London

Alex Perullo, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology, African Studies, and Music, has won a Fulbright–School of Oriental and African Studies Scholar Award. As a 2015-16 Fulbright Scholar, Perullo will be working at the School of African and Oriental Studies at the University of London on a project analyzing the contemporary commercialization of African music. The global Fulbright Program is one of the most prestigious awards programs world-wide, operating in more than 150 countries, with more than 300,000 alumni.

Over the past decade, Perullo, who also is a Visiting Professor at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City, has worked on community arts initiatives in the United States and in East Africa. These initiatives have included the development of legal resources for East African artists and the documentation of African immigrants in the United States for an online archive. Perullo has two published books, including Live from Dar es Salaam: Popular Music and Tanzania’s Music Economy, and many articles relating to African music economies and intellectual property rights. He is also working on a new manuscript titled "Globe Style: Copyright Law, Piracy, and the Commercialization of African Music." The project is being completed in conjunction with a five-year fellowship that Perullo received from the Framing the Global project. Framing the Global is a partnership between Indiana University's Center for the Study of Global Change and Indiana University Press, and is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.