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The 2021 Pop Convergence: A Virtual Pop Conference, April 22-25th
Artwork by Alex Nero; Design by The Art Dictator
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Alisha Lola Jones

Indiana University (Bloomington)
Assistant Professor, Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology; Faculty Director of the Global Pop Music Initiative
Rev. Dr. Alisha Lola Jones is an assistant professor in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology and faculty director of the Global Pop Music Initiative at Indiana University (Bloomington). Dr. Jones is a board member of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM, a member of the strategic planning task force for the American Musicological Society (AMS), and a co-chair of the Music and Religion Section of the American Academy of Religion (AAR). Additionally, as a performer-scholar, she consults museums, conservatories, seminaries, and arts organizations on curriculum, live and virtual event programming, and content development. Dr. Jones’ book Flaming?: The Peculiar Theopolitics of Fire and Desire in Black Male Gospel Performance (Oxford University Press) breaks ground by analyzing the role of gospel music-making in constructing and renegotiating gender identity among black men. Her research interests extend to global pop music, musics of the African diaspora, music and food, the music industry and the marketplace, and anti-oppressive ways of listening to black women. Raised as a Pentecostal inflected, non-denomination Christian, Rev. Dr. Jones is fourth-generation preacher on both sides of her family. A little-known fact is that Dr. Alisha Lola Jones and her sister Rev. Angela Marie Jones are co-owners of Paradise Media Group, a Black women-owned radio company based in Oxford and Henderson, NC continuing the multi-media work pioneered by their parents Rev. Dr. Alvin Augustus Jones and Rev. Dr. Martha Butler Jones. Rev. Dr. Alisha Lola Jones is newlywed to Rev. Calvin Taylor Skinner, her partner in both ministry and love. For more information, please visit DrAlisha.com.