Knar Abrahamyan is a fifth-year PhD student at the Department of Music. Her dissertation explores opera as a colonial technology of rule in Soviet Armenia and Kazakhstan. Her research interests include intersections between music and philosophy, animal studies, and sound studies. In 2015-16, Knar has conducted a Fulbright Fellowship in Moscow. Before coming to Yale, she completed a master’s in music theory at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She also holds bachelor’s degrees in music and communications, as well as a master’s degree in piano performance from Lee University. She looks forward to working with students on research papers, conference presentations, abstracts, and grant applications.