Dr. Emily J. McManus received the B.M. in Flute Performance (2004) from the University of Wyoming, the M.A. in Historical Musicology (2007) and the Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology/Musicology (2011) from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. While at Texas A&M University, she has taught History of Rock (MUSC 200) and Music in World Cultures (MUSC/ANTH 324).
Dr. McManus has conducted ethnographic research on Argentine tango communities in Minneapolis, Minnesota and at tango festivals throughout the United States since 2006. Her research investigates how processes of cultural translation and adaptation inform performance practice among the primarily Anglo-American U.S. tango community. In particular, she examines how cultural symbols and stereotypes are translated by the U.S. media and actively performed and/or resisted by U.S. tanguera/os.
In both her research and teaching, Dr. McManus is heavily invested in rural and urban North American ethnography, ethnography of elites, and ethnography in everyday life. She enjoys incorporating ethnography projects into her classes when possible and hopes to provide students with the opportunity to engage critically with the local, national, and international community. For more information on student research, please visit: http://perf.tamu.edu/musc324