Benjamin J Harbert


Assistant Professor, Music


Department of Performing Arts
General profile


+1 202-687-3838


(202) 687-2009

Office hours

Tuesdays 2:00-4:00 or by appointment


Ben Harbert joined the music faculty at Georgetown University after receiving his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of California, Los Angeles. His Ph.D. research was on music in three Louisiana prisons. His current research interests also include documentary film, international extreme metal, and music of the Near East. His theoretical approach connects investigations of musical experiences to analyses of musical phenomena. Harbert has been a teaching fellow at University of California, Los Angeles and a lecturer at Pomona College as well as a resident artist at the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County. Before returning to academia, he directed the guitar, percussion and music theory programs at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music. Harbert is a concert-level performer on guitar, Near Eastern ‘ud, and Indian tabla. He has led a number of performance groups including the Los Angeles Electric 8 and extended rock ensemble arrangements of Erik Satie’s musique d’ameublement.


  • Ph.D. (2010) University of California, Los Angeles, Ethnomusicology
  • M.A. (2007) University of California, Los Angeles, Ethnomusicology
  • B.A. (1997) Wesleyan University, Music and Anthropology


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