Nour El Rayes is a PhD student in Ethnomusicology, with a Designated Emphasis in New Media. Her dissertation project—“Radical Ethnography of the Popular: Alternative Music in Lebanon”—examines constructions of the “alternative” in music in Lebanon in order to understand its role in the creation and articulation of alternative social, political, and economic futures. In addition to her academic work, Nour studies Middle Eastern percussion, and performs Arabic classical music with the Aswat ensemble, and Berkeley’s Disoriental. She hold a B.A. in the Liberal Arts, from Sarah Lawrence College, and an MA in Ethnomusicology from UC Berkeley’s Department of Music.