Benjamin Fairfield

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Ben Fairfield is a PhD student in ethnomusicology at the University of Hawaii. He completed his MA in 2012 as an East West Center degree fellow (studying Christmas music of the Karen people in Thailand) and currently works as a Graduate Assistant in the music department at UH. Prior to studying at UH, he and his wife served as Peace Corps volunteers in Chiang Mai, which catalyzed his interest in ethnic groups in Thailand, northern Thai identity, and nationalism.