Graduate Students

Savanna Morrison

CCS (Critical & Comparative Studies)



Savanna Morrison is a PhD student in the Critical and Comparative Studies program in the UVa Department of Music. Her research interests are deeply rooted in critical race theory, feminist theory, queer theory, disability studies, and legal anthropology. More specifically, she is interested in the relationship women who have been previously incarcerated have with music and how intimate musical experiences can provide a path towards healing and resistance. She is also interested in collaborative ethnomusicology and how text, film, virtual reality, and other immersive projects designed in tandem with ethnographic collaborators can be used to generate ethical and creative activist interventions.

Prior to beginning at UVa, Savanna received her B.A. (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in Cultural and Comparative Studies in Music and Art History with minors in Anthropology and Italian Studies from Bucknell University in 2018. She is a 2017 Beinecke Scholar and a 2020-2021 Praxis Fellow through the UVa Scholars’ Lab.

Savanna is also an active performer of Balinese gamelan, specializing in Balinese gender wayang. She has studied music under artists such as Dr. Bethany Collier, I Made Suartika and I Gusti Komin and has also studied Balinese dance and voice with artists such as Kadek Ayu Oka Wijayanti, Nyoman Triyana Usadhi, and Cokorda Istri Putri Rukmini. She is a co-founder and member of the Muncy Women’s Gamelan, the contemporary chamber gamelan Saiban, and the New Atlantic Chamber Gamelan.


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