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Alisha Lola Jones, PhD is an associate professor in the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England. Prior to that she was on faculty in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University (Bloomington). She is a board member of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), a member of the strategic planning task force for the American Musicological Society (AMS), and a co-chair of the Music and Religion Section of the American Academy of Religion (AAR). Additionally, as a performer-scholar, she consults museums, conservatories, seminaries, and arts organizations on curriculum, live and virtual event programming, and content development. Dr. Jones’ book Flaming?: The Peculiar Theopolitics of Fire and Desire in Black Male Gospel Performance (Oxford University Press) breaks ground by analyzing the role of gospel music-making in constructing and renegotiating gender identity among black men. Dr. Jones' book has been awarded the 2021 Ruth Stone prize (SEM), Music in American Culture prize (AMS), and Philip Brett prize (AMS).  Her research interests extend to global pop music, musics of the African diaspora, music and food, the music industry and the marketplace, and anti-oppressive ways of listening to black women. A little-known fact is that Dr. Alisha Lola Jones and her sister Rev. Angela Marie Jones are co-owners of Paradise Media Group, a Black women-owned radio company based in Oxford and Henderson, NC.

Her writings on African American religious music, gender and sexuality in ethnomusicological research appear in various publications. Her work has been featured in NPR, BBC, Liner Notes magazine, The Afro-American newspaper, Black,,,, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Vogue. She is a contributing writer for HEED magazine, and

Access Dr. Alisha Lola Jones' research at


  • Religious music in the African diaspora

  • Music of the “Black Pacific”

  • Western European Art Music

  • Global Pop Music

  • Masculinities and men’s studies

  • Voice studies

  • Gender and sexuality

  • Music industry & arts entrepreneurship

  • Gastromusicology

  • Ecomusicology

  • Future Studies

  • Music, Religion, and the Media



Dr. Alisha Lola Jones is contacted often for her expertise on musics of the world. To reserve her time and focus for serious inquiries, Dr. Jones is available to be hired to consult you on projects of various scales. The fee schedule will be provided, depending upon her availability to render the following services:

  • Crafting a Bibliography or Recommending Resources for Music Research

  • Programming Performing arts shows and live events

  • Curating Exhibits or Installations

  • Writing for Article Commissions

  • Offering Her Expertise in Interviews

  • Providing References for Music Researchers and Musician Experts

  • Delivering Tailored Lectures and Keynote Speeches

  • Reading Closely Research in Development

  • Participating in Scholarly Residencies

To schedule a consultation appointment, please visit the contact page on this site and fill out the form.


Dr. Alisha Lola Jones is the founder of InSight Initiative which focuses on live

concerts and empowerment events production in low-income, high minority

communities. Their signature event Genius for Men Honors addresses black male

absenteeism by musically honoring black men who redefine genius through

community building, demonstrating high achievement, and transcending barriers

in their profession. InSight Initiative’s newest program is the Move and Shake

Women work-life balance retreat, which cultivates well-rounded women of color.

In 2014, InSight Initiative will launch after school and summer programs. The

daughter of pioneers in independent Christian TV and Radio broadcasting and

programming, Alisha Jones has arts consulting in her blood. She specializes in the following:

  • Live Concert Production
  • Museum Curation 
  • Music Business
  • Music Ministry
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