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.
Prof. Lucas's courses include MUSA 1320 Introduction to the World's Music; MUSA 2309 Music and Culture in the Middle East; MUSA 3342 Music and Ecstasy; and MUSP 1660, BC's Middle Eastern Ensemble, called the Miras Project.
The Miras Project @ BC on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/annlucas78/sets/miras
The Miras Project @ BC on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLL-IXaYdOkD2R9zgNEoEnBMzlCHNTJszq
Prof. Lucas on Academia.edu: https://bc.academia.edu/AnnELucas
2014 “Ancient Music, Modern Myth: Persian Music and the Pursuit of Methodology in Historical Ethnomusicology.” In Theory and Method in Historical Ethnomusicology. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 175-195.
2013 “The Creation of Iranian Music in the Age of Steam and Print, c. 1880-1914.” In Global Muslims in the Age of Steam and Print. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 143-157
2012 “Between Heaven and Hell: The Relationship Between Music and Islam in Persian Sufi Treatises, c. 1040-1800.” Asian Music Journal 43(1): 91-130.
2007a “Women Composers: Iran.” In The Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures Vol. 5, ed. Suad Joseph and Afsaneh Najmabadi et al. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 5-6.
2007b “Women, Gender and Representations of Sexualities and Gender in Music: Pre-Modern and Modern Iran.” In The Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures Vol 5, ed. Suad Joseph and Afsaneh Najmabadi et al. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 458-460.
2006 “Understanding Iran Through Music: A New Approach.” In The Middle East Studies Bulletin 40(1): 79-89.
2005 “Saving the Music: Ustad Omar Virtuoso of Afghanistan and Shirini Dahani.” In The Middle East Studies Bulletin 39(2): 176-179.