Knar Abrahamyan (2016) is a Ph.D. candidate in Music Theory. 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. Before coming to Yale, Knar completed a master’s in music theory at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She also holds bachelor’s degrees in music and communications, as well as a master’s in piano performance from Lee University. In 2015-16, Knar pursued a Fulbright Fellowship in Moscow, where she conducted research on Russian theoretical approaches to the music of Shostakovich. In her free time, she enjoys painting, running, and thinking about ways to incorporate environmental stewardship into teaching and day-to-day activities. She has recently inaugurated the Hadrut Educational Summer Camp for children in her native Artsakh, Armenia.