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Daniel Hawkins is a second-year musicology PhD student specializing in ethnomusicology. His research revolves around themes of participation and power, and includes interestes in sound and civic space, concepts of traditional music, theorizing whiteness, decolonization studies, and indigenous resistance camps. He has pursued ethnographic work in Flatbush (Brooklyn), Wet'suwet'en territory, and midcoast Maine, and presented his work at the Society for Ethnomusicology and the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation.
Prior to arriving at Cornell, Daniel worked for several years as a freelance musician in Boston and Philadelphia. He is the recipient of the Isidore and Helen Sacks Memorial Prize and the Martin A. Dale Fellowship, as well as scholarships and awards from the International Council for Traditional Music, the Country Dance and Song Society, New England Conservatory, and Princeton, Cornell and Memorial Universities. He is the founder and former artistic diretor of the Ottsville Traditional Arts Center, and teaches during the summer at Maine Fiddle Camp.
He enjoys hot wings, thunderstorms and jumping into bodies of water during the winter.