Sophia Zervas


Sophia Zervas is a first-year PhD student in Ethnomusicology. A Colorado native, she recently graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with double BM degrees in Piano Performance and Vocal Performance. Her scholarly research examines the interaction of music and politics in Turkey and Greece, with her most recent projects exploring shifting conceptions of Turkish nationalism through Erdoğan’s uses of popular music.

More broadly, Sophia is interested in topics of modernism, post-colonialism, populism, and the manipulation of musical history and symbolism under totalitarian and wartime regimes. Her work sits at the intersection of historical and ethnomusicology as she seeks to analyze Western and non-Western case studies through a variety of historical and ethnographic methods.