scholar, teacher, musician
Sophia M. Enriquez (she/her) is a scholar and educator working at the intersections of Latinx and Appalachian cultures. She currently works as 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 where she also completed graduate certificates in folklore and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality studies. Building disciplinary relationships across Latinx studies, Appalachian studies, and ethnomusicology, Sophia's work sheds light on the complexities of the shifting U.S. cultural landscape and offers new perspectives on Latinx community, migration, and belonging through music.
Sophia has also been involved in a number of public folklore projects across the Appalachian region and is passionate about community-engaged scholarship. As a teacher, Sophia encourages students to explore their local communities and their everyday engagement with the arts. Her teaching praxis is informed by international feminisms that provide students with the tools to make sense of troubled histories and contemporary concerns as they navigate an increasingly complicated world.
Sophia is a practitioner of American folk musics (including bluegrass and Mexican ranchera) and performs in Columbus, Ohio as part of the Good Time Girls, a female folk trio.
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.
SON JAROCHO IN VIRGINIA AND VERACRUZ
As a part of her dissertation project, Enriquez conducted fieldwork in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Chacalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, with musicians Estela Knott and Zenen Zeferino who exchange and mix Mexican and Appalachian folk musics. Knott leads the Lua Project, Virginia based music project that focuses on telling the stories of Latinxs in Appalachia through song. Sophia has collaborated with the Lua Project in this work through scholarship and performance. 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.