Chérie Rivers Ndaliko is an interdisciplinary scholar who studies radical arts interventions in conflict regions of Africa through ethnomusicology, film studies, and cultural theory. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Her work centers on film and music as catalysts of movements of socio-political transformation as well as on the ethics and aesthetics of humanitarian aid in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In this context she devotes particular attention to youth and gender politics. Her research engages ethnographic and community based participatory methods to explore the meanings local communities ascribe to art making in post-colonial war zones.
Beyond her academic engagement with issues of audio-visual representation, power, and resistance, she also advocates socially engaged scholarship and was a pioneer of Harvard University's Social Engagement Initiative during her graduate training. Her forthcoming book, Charitable Imperialism and Necessary Noise, offers a new paradigm for considering cultural radicalism and resistance in the face of humanitarian crises. She is also a composer and pianist who holds a B.M. in film scoring from the Berklee College of Music, an A.M. from Harvard University in Ethnomusicology, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in African Studies. In addition to her teaching and research, she also serves as co-director of the Yole!Africa cultural center in Goma, executive director of the Salaam Kivu International Film Festival, and faculty advisory for Yole!Africa U.S.