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Sarah Town is a PhD candidate in musicology, having completed a Masters in musicology at City College of New York, and a BA in history, Portuguese, and Latin American studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests include Cuban popular music and jazz of the 20th and 21st centuries; music and dance in post-revolutionary Cuban film; the influence of folkloric genres on popular styles and the avant-garde; diasporic musics and transnational collaborations; and Afro-futurism. She has presented her research at conferences and events in the United States and Mexico. At Princeton, she has co-coordinated the 2013-14 Musicology Colloquium Series and precepted for Black Popular Music Cultures, Sounds in and Out of Africa (Music of Africa), and Introduction to Music. Besides her academic work, Sarah has performed and taught a variety of popular music and dance forms, from Brazilian capoeira and maracatu to Cuban salsa and Latin jazz. Her experience and training extend also to nonviolent communication, theater of the oppressed, and community organizing. Sarah's dissertation focuses on the economics and aesthetics of Cuban dance culture in New York City.