The UF School of Music is delighted to announce that Cody accepted the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad fellowship to conduct fieldwork research in Salvador, Brazil for twelve months beginning in 2022. The U.S. Department of Education manages the national annual competition to offer these awards for conducting doctoral research with a non-western area studies focus. Reinforcing UF’s strong reputation for earning Fulbright-Hays awards among graduate students and faculty, Cody is the first doctoral student to become a recipient from the College of the Arts in over 20 years.

Academically, Cody weaves together interdisciplinary coursework in Latin American studies, Brazilian Portuguese, anthropology, and arts in medicine. Coming from a strong background in studying West and North African music, Cody’s current research interests lie in Afro-Bahian popular music, bloco afro Carnival community-music organizations, public health, and building resilience to trauma through playing music in Brazil. His theoretical objectives involve advancing cross-cultural discourses in the budding subfield of medical ethnomusicology. Cody thanks UF professors, administrators, and his PhD committee members for their invaluable support and guidance.

“I could not have earned this award without their unfettered support and scholarly feedback every step of the way. I am thrilled to engage in this exciting opportunity and am honestly still in shock. Go Gators!”