Dr. Robert Beahrs

Robert Beahrs

SSRC Transregional Research Fellow, Postdoctoral Scholar

4400 Wesley W. Posvar Hall



Robbie is an ethnomusicologist, sound artist, and filmmaker. His fieldwork in Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, and the United States links archival research with multi-sensory ethnography, voice-driven performance practice, filmmaking, and soundscapes. His current research projects explore genealogies of throat-singing in the Altai Mountains, interspecies listening and voicing in Western Mongolia, and vibrational sensing with Russian cosmonauts and American astronauts during long-duration space flight. Robbie actively sings, composes music, performs live sound art for dance, and gives workshops in Tuvan throat-singing (xöömei) and extended vocal techniques. He holds a PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of California, Berkeley and is currently working as a postdoctoral scholar in the Center for Russian and Eastern European studies at the University of Pittsburgh. For more information, please visit www.robeahrs.com