Liz Przybylski

Liz Przybylski

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Northwestern University

Phone: (951) 827-3557
Office: ARTS 141

As an interdisciplinary scholar of popular music, Liz Przybylski specializes in hip hop practices in Canada and the United States, with a focus on Indigenous popular music. She is an Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Riverside. A graduate of Bard College (BA) and Northwestern University (MA, PhD), Liz’s research appears in Ethnomusicology, Journal of Borderlands Studies, and IASPM Journal, among others. She has presented her research nationally and internationally, including at the Society for Ethnomusicology, Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, Feminist Theory and Music, International Association for the Study of Popular Music, and International Council for Traditional Music World Conferences. Recent and forthcoming publications analyze how the sampling of heritage music in Indigenous hip hop contributes to dialogues about cultural change in urban areas. Liz has also published on popular music pedagogy. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research with hip hop artists and music broadcasters in Winnipeg. Her recent book, Hybrid Ethnography: Online, Offline, and In Between (SAGE Publications, 2020) develops an innovative model for hybrid on- and off-line ethnography for the analysis of expressive culture. In addition to her university teaching, Liz has taught adult and pre-college learners at the American Indian Center in Chicago and the Concordia Language Villages program of Concordia College in Bemidji. On the radio, Liz hosted the world music show “Continental Drift” on WNUR in Chicago and has conducted interviews with musicians for programs including “At The Edge of Canada: Indigenous Research” on CJUM in Winnipeg. She served as the Media Reviews Editor for the journal American Music. Liz served as the President of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Southern California and Hawaii Chapter and is on the Society for Ethnomusicology Council. More information is available at

Recent publications (selected):

Przybylski, Liz. Hybrid Ethnography: Online, Offline, and In Between. Los Angeles: SAGE Publications, 2020.

Przybylski, Liz. “Hip hop dialogues: Sampling women’s hand drum songs and the Canadian popular mainstream.” In Popular Music and the Politics of Hope: Queer and Feminist Interventions, edited by Susan Fast and Craig Jennex, 187-205. New York: Routledge, 2019.

Przybylski, Liz. "Bilingual Hip Hop from Community to Classroom and Back: A Study in Decolonial Applied Ethnomusicology." Ethnomusicology 62, no. 3 (2018): 375-402.

Przybylski, Liz. “Customs and Duty: Indigenous Hip Hop and the US-Canada Border.” Journal of Borderlands Studies vol 33 no 3 (2018): 487-506.

Przybylski, Liz, and Nasim Niknafs. “Popular Music and (R)evolution of the Classroom Space: Occupy Wall Street in the Music School.” In The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Music Education, edited by Gareth Smith et. al., 412-424. New York: Routledge, 2017.

Przybylski, Liz. “Indigenous Survivance and Urban Musical Practice.” Revue de recherche en civilisation américaine vol 5 (2015): 1-14.

Przybylski, Liz, and Nasim Niknafs. “Practice What You Preach: Teaching and Learning Popular Music in Higher Education Through Interdisciplinary Collaboration.” iaspm@journal vol 5, no 1 (2015): 100-123.

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