Kay Kaufman Shelemay is the G. Gordon Watts Professor of Music at Harvard University and a former Chair of the Department of Music. An ethnomusicologist specializing in musics of Africa, the Middle East, and the urban United States, she received her Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Michigan.Shelemay was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2000, a member of the American Academy of Jewish Research in 2004, a fellow of the American Philosophical Society in 2013, and the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences in 2014. A Walter Channing Cabot Fellow at Harvard for 2001-2002, she held the Chair for Modern Culture at the Library of Congress during 2007-2008.Before joining the Harvard faculty in 1992, Shelemay taught at Columbia University, where she received an award for distinguished teaching, at New York University, and at Wesleyan University. She received the Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize and the Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize at Harvard in 2006, and the Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award in 2014. Shelemay was the Phi Beta Kappa/Frank M. Updike Memorial Scholar for 2010-2011. In 2010, she received the Society for Ethnomusicology Jaap Kunst Prize for the most distinguished article published by a member in 2009.