Music Department Faculty

Ann Lucas

Associate Professor


Ann E. Lucas is an ethnomusicologist who specializes in music traditions of the Persian and Arabic-speaking Near East.  She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from UCLA, and joined the faculty at Boston College after completing postdoctoral appointments at Brandeis University and Harvard University. Her primary research focuses on the history of music in Iran and the relationship between significant cultural upheaval and musical change over epochs. She is currently beginning ethnographic fieldwork on Arab music and dance, where she is researching the relationship between musical and bodily movement. These research interests are united by her inquiry into music and mysticism in Islam, which has implications for musical practice throughout the Near East in both historical and contemporary cultural contexts.