Ioanida Costache

Violinist, videographer and Romani activist

Ioanida Costache is a violinist, videographer and Romani activist currently pursuing a PhD in ethno/musicology at Stanford University. Her research explores issues of race and ethnicity, performance/construction of identity, cultural memory, trauma, and history as they intersect in Romani musico-oral traditions. Before starting her doctoral studies, she earned a B.A. in Music from Amherst College and completed a Fulbright Research Fellowship in Romania. Other areas of interest include applied ethnomusicology, alternative epistemologies, critical theory and digital humanities. Her dissertation project centers on orality, nationalism, epistemic inequality, identity and political power in the persecution of Romani people during the 20th century in Romania.