Lauren Sweetman


Areas of Research/Interest
Advocacy and activism; collaborative ethnography; decolonization; health and healing; indigenous studies; medical ethnomusicology; music and incarceration; music and social justice; Pacific studies.


Lauren E. Sweetman is a fifth year PhD Candidate in ethnomusicology. She holds an MA in ethnomusicology and a BMus(Hons) from the University of Toronto. Her doctoral research examines how the post-1960s increase in Māori self-determination and cultural revitalization has impacted indigenous health in Aotearoa New Zealand, through an ethnography of the cutting edge, indigenous-run forensic psychiatric unit, Te Papakainga O Tāne Whakapiripiri at the Mason Clinic in Auckland.
Lauren has been awarded a number of fellowships to support her research, including NYU's MacCracken Doctoral Fellowship, the SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship, a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, and a Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant.

Lauren is especially invested in producing collaborative, socially-engaged research and scholarship, a drive informed by her experience working with the non-profit world as the Assistant Director of The Paradigm Shift Project, a Canadian charity that advances education on important social and environmental justice issues through documentary film. She is also currently an honorary associate at Ngā Pae O Te Māramatanga, the Māori Centre for Research Excellence at the University of Auckland, and serves as the founding editor of SEM Student News, the student-run biannual publication of the Society for Ethnomusicology.

For more information about Lauren's work, please feel free to send her an email, or visit her pages on and LinkedIn.

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