Author / Musicologist / Performer
Nalini Ghuman is an (ethno) musicologist whose research focuses on orientalism, nationalism, and identity. She
has presented her work on BBC Radio and has published extended essays in the volumes Exhibiting the Empire
(Manchester University Press, forthcoming), Western Music and Race (Cambridge University Press, 2007), and Elgar
and His World (Princeton University Press, 2007), as well as articles and reviews for the Elgar Society Journal.
Nalini is Associate Professor of Music and affiliated Asian Studies faculty at Mills College, where she teaches graduate
seminars on music and conflict, nationalism, and orientalism, and where she inaugurated a course on the music of the
Indian subcontinent in 2009 – the first of its kind in the history of the college. She is also an active performer (pianist,
singer, violinist) in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Nalini was educated at The Queen’s College, Oxford University (BA, first-class honours), King’s College, London
(Master’s, distinction), and the University of California, Berkeley (PhD).
A resume may be found on my Mills College faculty page