Introducing Dr. Elise Marie Anderson!

On the morning of May 8, 2019, I successfully defended my dissertation, titled Imperfect Perfection: Uyghur Muqam and Practices of Cultural Renovation in the PRC, meaning that I am now Dr. Anderson.

Me (center) with members of my committee: (from L) Dr. Javier León; Dr. Gardner Bovingdon, Co-chair; Dr. Sue Tuohy, Co-chair; Dr. Kathryn Graber; and Dr. Lynn Hooker. Not pictured: Dr. Ruth Stone.

Several days before my defense, on Friday, May 3, I walked in IU’s graduate commencement and received my doctoral hood. The pomp and circumstance of the ceremony were a lovely way to cap off my very long tenure as a graduate student.

A happy Doctor (of Philosophy) posing in front of IU’s iconic Sample Gates

The successful conferral of my degree would never have happened without the guidance, support, and cooperation of hundreds of people around the world over the past decade-plus. My deepest thanks to all who have been part of my long and winding intellectual journey.

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