Santa Clara University

Phone: 408-554-2179
Fax: 408-554-2125
Room number: 219
Courses taught:
Cultures & Ideas I & II Introduction to Listening Upper division elective courses

Christina Zanfagna

Assistant Professor - Ethnomusicology

Christina Zanfagna holds a degree in Ethnomusicology from UCLA. Her research focuses on music's relationship to spiritual practice, urban geography, and persisting social inequalities in American cities. In particular, she specializes in African-American sacred and popular music, especially soul music, hip hop, and gospel rap. She maintains secondary interests in the music of South Africa and Zimbabwe as well as the Afro-Diasporic musical cultures of Cuba and Brazil.  Her research engages core questions and social theories from a diverse array of academic disciplines including urban anthropology, cultural geography, ethic studies, and religious studies. Currently, she is involved in a project on the history of Bay Area soul music.

Christina's work has appeared in The Beat, fRoots, and the Pacific Review of Ethnomusicology. She has written on the South Los Angeles hip hop street dance called ?krumping? (The Social and Popular Dance Reader, 2008).  She has a forthcoming article in the Black Music Research Journal on gospel rap and the production of urban space in Los Angeles as well as a chapter due out next spring on digital and iPod DJing in the Oxford Handbook of Sound Studies and Mobile Music.  At present, she is working on a book entitled, Holy Hip Hop in the City of Angels, based on portions of her dissertation research.

In addition to scholarship and teaching, Christina has been actively involved with non-profit organizations as well as local and global music communities. As the former Operations Manager for Afropop Worldwide, she helped produce their Hip Deep public radio series that brought musicians from the Caribbean, Southern Africa, and the Arab world and scholars from a wide range of disciplines into conversation with one another. Christina also co-organized the first L.A. Hip Hop Film Festival (2006) and served as the A&R advisor for the Hip Hop Church L.A. Mostly recently, Christina has been working with the Mosaic Multicultural Foundation to fund and produce their 'Voices of Youth' events, which look to engage at risk, gang-affiliated, and homeless youth in the creation of an artistic forum for their own expression.  During summer 2010, she taught a World Music course at San Quentin Prison through the Prison University Project.

As a musician, Christina has performed with the Gospel Workshop of America (GMWA) mass choir, the Dharma Swara Balinese gamelan ensemble, and the batUCLAda Brazilian percussion ensemble.  Currently, she dances flamenco at the Soleá Dance Academy in San Francisco.

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