Stefanie Alisch is a musicologist from Berlin. In 2017 she obtained a PhD from Bayreuth University with a pioneering study on electronic dance music form from Angola called kuduro. Alisch studied musicology, Portuguese, and English at Humboldt University Berlin, and ethnomusicology at UFBA in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.
In parallel she DJed, ran living room bars, worked on the Berlin music(technology) circuit (Jazzanova, Native Instruments, Ableton), and taught radio making, i.a. at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Hamburger Bahnhof and Popdeurope Festival.
After completing her M.A. with a thesis on broken beat in London she acted as academic assistant at Oldenburg University. Writing, research, project consultancy (e.g. Goethe Institut), and creative projects on mazurka in the Atlantic realm, groove, kuduro, sound system epistemology, pleasure politics. As of October 2018 Stefanie Alisch represents the chair of Popular Music Studies at Humboldt University Berlin.