scholar, teacher, musician
Sophia M. Enríquez (she/her) works at the intersections of Latinx and Appalachian music, migration, and regional culture. She is an Assistant Professor of music at Duke University where she also teaches in the Program for Latinx Studies in the Global South. Sophia earned her PhD in ethnomusicology at Ohio State University as well as graduate certificates in folklore and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality studies.
Sophia's dissertation titled "Canciones de Los Apalaches: Latinx Music, Migration, and Belonging in Appalachia" is the first full-length study of Latinx creative practices in the Appalachian region. She is currently working on a book project that expands this work and shows how longstanding narratives of Appalachia as a racial and ethnic monolith have obscured the movement of Latinx people to and through the region over the past century. She asks how Latinx communities in Appalachia have both maintained and re-imagined cultural practices surrounding music, dance, and food in ways that make sense of their political and social circumstances while also expressing a particular relationship to place. Building disciplinary relationships across Latinx studies, Appalachian studies, folklore, and ethnomusicology, Sophia's work sheds light on the complexities of the shifting U.S. cultural landscape in Appalachia and the South and offers new perspectives on Latinx community, migration, and belonging through music.
Sophia is passionate about community-engaged scholarship and has worked on a number of public folklore projects across the Appalachian region with the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, ONLO (Oral Narratives of Latinos in Ohio) initiative, and Southern Ohio Folklife. She is also a practitioner of American folk musics including bluegrass, country, son jarocho, and ranchera. Sophia has performed as part of a female folk trio, the Good Time Girls, in Columbus, Ohio, and collaborated with the Lua Project, a Mexican-Appalachian fusion band in Charlottesville, Virginia.
explore samples of Sophia's scholarship, collaborative projects, and music.
PLACEMAKING IN SCIOTO COUNTY COMMUNITY EXHIBIT
Through work with the Ohio State University Center for Folklore Studies, Sophia helped to curate and assemble a traveling exhibit that captures community responses to a shifting cultural landscape in Southern Ohio. The exhibit has been featured at public institutions across Southern Ohio. Read more about this work and view the exhibit here.
HUMANITIES WITHOUT WALLS CAREER DIVERSITY WORKSHOP
In summer of 2019, Sophia received a Mellon foundation grant to participate in the Humanities Without Walls career diversity workshop. Together with thirty doctoral students across the U.S. she developed conversations about the value of the humanities PhD outside of academic institutions and gained experience in networking across the non-profit sector, government organizations, the publishing industry, and more.
MEXILACHIAN SON WITH THE LUA PROJECT
Since 2018, Sophia has collaborated with the Lua Project--a group based in Charlottesville, Virginia that plays Mexilachian music. in 2019, she traveled to Mexico with Lua Project founder Estela Knott and internationally recognized son jarocho practitioner Zenen Zeferino. Sophia is currently working with the Lua Project on an album of original Mexilachian music. Watch this video to learn more.
GOOD TIME GIRLS
In 2018, Enriquez began performing as part of the Good Time Girls, a Columbus, Ohio based all female folk trio. Enriquez has arranged canción ranchera classics for the group and contributed original songs.