B.A. (music), Bates College; M.M. (musicology), University of Arizona; Ph.D. (ethnomusicology), University of California, Los Angeles
Michael Silvers is an ethnomusicologist and a specialist in Brazilian music and ecomusicology (the study of music and the environment). His research interests also include soundscape studies, music and technology, cultural sustainability, and music, gender, and sexuality. He is currently completing a book called Voices of Drought: The Politics of Music and Environment in Northeastern Brazil. His article "Birdsong and a Song about a Bird: Popular Music and the Mediation of Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Northeastern Brazil," published in Ethnomusicology, was awarded an honorable mention for best faculty research in the humanities by the University of Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities. In addition to Ethnomusicology, his writing has appeared in Vibrant: Virtual Brazilian Anthropology, Yearbook for Traditional Music, and Ecomusicology Newsletter, and he is a contributor to the Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World. He also presents regularly at universities and conferences in the United States and Brazil. Silvers was a 2015 Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies and a 2015-17 Junior Fellow of the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory. His research has also been supported by the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies, the Campus Research Board, Fulbright-mtvU, and the UCLA Latin American Institute, among other sources, and he is a member of the Diverse Environmentalisms Research Team (DERT), a multi-institutional research group based out of Indiana University. He previously taught at UCLA and UC Riverside.