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Holly Riley

Postdoctoral Teaching, Research, and Mentoring Fellow


Personal Summary

Dr. Holly Riley is a recent PhD graduate in Ethnomusicology from Florida State University. She currently works as a Postdoctoral Teaching, Research, and Mentoring Fellow at University of Montana’s Davidson Honors College.

Her research areas include institutionalization of American vernacular musics, cultural changes in current perceptions of violence and safety in country music,  and gender, identity, and power structures in music and culture. She also works professionally as a fiddle player, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist and regularly teaches lessons, courses, and workshops relating to multi-genre fiddle styles, improvisation, and stylistic playing. 

You can find her sitting on the front porch with a banjo or hiking with her dog Willie in her spare time. 



Ph.D. Ethnomusicology, Florida State University 

M.M. Ethnomusicology, Florida State University

B.M. Music Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro