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Joanna Bosse is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology and Dance Studies at Michigan State University. Her research interests include partnership dance traditions, the relationship between music and dance, competition and performance, music cognition, and the role of performance in the generation of altered states. Her book, Becoming Beautiful: Ballroom Dance in the American Heartland (U. Illinois Press, 2015), explores the transformative power of dance among amateur performers in the Midwest US. She has also published on whiteness and the performance of race in ballroom dance (Journal of American Folklore, 2007); salsa dance performance in the American Midwest (Ethnomusicology Forum, 2013; Hutchinson 2013); music cognition among dancers (Dodds/Cook, 2013); salsa dance among non-Latinos (Dance Research Journal, 2008). She has presented at numerous SEM Annual Meetings over the years, and was the first recipient of the SEM Nahumck Award for Dance Research. Joanna’s service in SEM includes acting as the co-chair for the Dance, Movement and Gesture Section (and previously as the secretary for the Dance Special Interest Group); serving as a member of the Program Committees for the SEM Annual Meeting and for the Midwest Chapter of SEM; and the Advisory Board for the Section on the Status of Women.

Dominique Cyrille
manages the Intangible Cultural Heritage Program at Rèpriz, the Center for Traditional Music and Dance of Guadeloupe (French Caribbean). She holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from Université Paris-IV, Paris-Sorbonne (France) and specializes in the study of Caribbean music and dance. Her current research interests revolve around music/dance as intangible cultural heritage in post colonial Martinique and Guadeloupe. In 2011-12 she helped prepare the application file that resulted in gwoka’s inscription on the UNESCO’s ICH Representative List. She is the author of articles and book chapters on the music and dance traditions of Guadeloupe, Martinique, and other Creole-speaking Caribbean countries that were published in Black Music Research Journal, Latin American Music Review, Dance Research Journal, and inEPMOW and Music in Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2008 she contributed a chapter to Peter Manuel’s Creolizing Contradance in the Caribbean (2009). She is the author of two books on music and dance traditions from Guadeloupe: Alarepriz (2009), which focuses on quadrilles, and Opibelson (2012) on traditional worksongs.An active member of SEM since 1998, she served on the Lise Waxer Prize Committee in 2004 and on the Program Committee for the 2014 Annual Meeting.

Gavin Douglas is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology and Head of the Music Studies Department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Douglas’s primary research area is in Burma/Myanmar, where he has studied the role of music in both reinforcing and challenging the authority of the state. Other recent projects include identity negotiation among ethnic minorities and Buddhist sonic practice. His book Music in Mainland Southeast Asia (Oxford) explores cultural diversity, political trauma, and globalization across Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Douglas has been an active SEM member since 1993 and has served chapters in a variety of roles: SEMNW secretary/treasurer and local arrangements (2000-01), and SEMSEC vice president (2006-07), president (2007-08), program committee (2004-06) and local arrangements (2009).

Chad S. Hamill
is Associate Professor and Chair within the Department of Applied Indigenous Studies at Northern Arizona University. His research has largely centered on traditional American Indian songs of the Interior Northwest, exploring the ways in which songs act as catalysts for spiritual power, express ecologies, and reinforce sovereignty. His second book, American Indian Jazz: Mildred Bailey and The Undiscovered Origins of America’s Art Music (in progress), examines the role of Bailey and other early American Indian musicians in contributing to the emergence of jazz as a popular genre in the 1930s. In addition to consistently presenting papers at SEM Annual Meetings, Hamill served as President of the Southwest/ Rocky Mountain Chapter (2013-14) and currently serves as Chair of the Indigenous Music Section and the Ida Halpern Fellowship and Award Committee.

Wendy Hsu is an ACLS Public Fellow working with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. She has published articles on Asian American indie rock, Taqwacore, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Bollywood, digital ethnography, and sound-based pedagogy. As a public ethnomusicologist, Hsu’s current research explores street sound cultures in Los Angeles and postcolonial Taipei and interrogates the relationship between underclass mobility and urban planning policy. She has considered SEM her academic home since her first paper in 2008. In the coming three years, she plans to facilitate dialogue about open-access publishing, digital methodology, and provoke institutional reflections on the relevance of ethnomusicology in the public and nonprofit sector.

Sydney Hutchinson is assistant professor of music history and cultures at Syracuse University. Her research area is primarily the Hispanic Caribbean, in particular the Dominican Republic, as well as the U.S.-Mexico border, and she is interested in gender, movement, race, public/applied ethnomusicology, and organology. Hutchinson is currently co-chair of SEM’s Dance, Movement, and Gesture Section; she has also served on the Marcia Herndon Prize Committee of the Gender and Sexualities Taskforce and chaired the Klaus Wachsmann Prize Committee for Advanced & Critical Essays in Organology.

Damascus Kafumbe is an Assistant Professor of Music at Middlebury College, where he also directs the Middlebury African Music and Dance Ensemble and serves as Director of Instrument Maintenance. He specializes in the music of sub-Saharan Africa and his areas of interest and research include historical ethnomusicology, organology, and the relationship between musical practice and sociopolitical systems. His current research focuses on the royalist music institution of the Kingdom of Buganda, Uganda. An active member of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Kafumbe is the current member-at-large and treasurer of the Northeast Chapter (NECSEM) and in-coming chair of the African Music Section (AfMS). He is also serving on the Program Committees for this year’s SEM meeting in Austin, Texas and NECSEM meeting in Providence, Rhode Island.

Donna Lee Kwon is currently Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky and earned a double-degree (B.A./B.M.) in piano performance and women’s studies from Oberlin College and Conservatory, an M.A. in world music/ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Kwon has served once on the Society for Ethnomusicology Council and is in her second term serving as President of the Association for Korean Music Research. In addition, Dr. Kwon has been invited to serve as a peer reviewer for Ethnomusicology. Her commitment to service and community engagement stems from earlier work with community arts organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area such as the Korean Youth Cultural Center. She is the author of Music in Korea: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture (Oxford University Press, 2011). Her areas of interest include the music of North and South Korea, Asian and Asian American popular music, ecomusicology, sound studies, cultural politics, and gender. Her current work focuses on a continuing interest in the embodiment of space and place in Korean and Korean American drumming and dance.

Maureen Loughran is the youth programs coordinator for the non-profit Silence is Violence in New Orleans. She received her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Brown University. Her areas of study include radio, popular and regional music of the United States, and applied ethnomusicology. She most recently served as co-chair of the Applied Ethnomusicology Section of SEM and is a member for the Judith McCulloh Public Sector Award Committee. Maureen was also a member of the Local Arrangements Committee for the 2012 SEM Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

Ruth Mueller
is currently a lecturer of ethnomusicology at Saint Louis University. Her primary geo-cultural expertise is in East Asian music, focusing on South Korean traditional music and social change from the Late Chosŏn Dynasty to present. Ruth’s work builds upon previous studies of gender, post-colonialism, nationalism, and cultural preservation to suggest a comprehensive shift towards the female from the last dynasty to the present day. Her current project is a focused gendered analysis on gesturing, movement, and dance in Korean p’ansori. Ruth is an active member in both SEM and its Midwest chapter. She participates in several SEM sections, including the Section on the Status of Women, the Gender and Sexuality Taskforce, and the Dance, Movement and Gestures Section. Ruth currently serves as the editor of the newsletter for the Association for Korean Music Research. She is an avid performer of Korean traditional musics (changgo and komungo), American folk music, and European classical vocal music.

Clifford R. Murphy is an ethnomusicologist and public folklorist. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Brown University. Cliff is the Director of Maryland Traditions, the state folklife program at the Maryland State Arts Council, and he is an adjunct lecturer in American Studies at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He is the author of Yankee Twang: Country & Western Music in New England (UIP, 2014), a history and ethnography of country music-making in New England. His scholarly work has been published in the Journal of American Folklore and the Journal of Appalachian Studies, among others. He has two works forthcoming in 2015: a chapter on Public Folklore in the Oxford Handbook of Applied Ethnomusicology, and the book/2CD set Ola Belle Reed and Southern Mountain Music on the Mason-Dixon Line(Dust-to-Digital), co-authored with Henry Glassie and Doug Peach. Cliff is a longstanding member of the Applied Ethnomusicology Section, is the Co-Convener of the American Folklore Society’s Public Programs Section, and is a regular co-producer of fieldwork-based music programs on WYPR-FM in Baltimore. Cliff is also a rock and country musician and songwriter.

Michael O’Brien
is an assistant professor of ethnomusicology at the College of Charleston (SC). His research focuses on music and cultural politics, mainly in Latin America. His current project involves sonic populism and the public sphere in Argentina, examining the intersection of Carnival music, tango, political protests, and football fandom. He has published articles on state-sponsored schools of popular music in Argentina and on the soundscapes of the 2011 Wisconsin Uprising. He has served as Assistant Editor of the Latin American Music Reviewand is on the advisory board for TRANS, the journal of the Sociedad de Etnomusicología (Spain/Portugal). He is currently serving as Vice President of the Southeast and Caribbean Chapter of SEM. His past service to SEM includes serving on the program and paper prize committees for annual meeting of the Midwest and Southeast/Caribbean chapters, and serving as a translator of a chapter in the forthcoming volume Studies in Latin American Music.

Bode Omojola
is a Five College Associate Professor of Music, teaching at Mount Holyoke College and the other four institutions of the Five College Consortium, namely, Amherst, Hampshire, and Smith Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Omojola’s research focuses on indigenous and modern forms of African music and has explored themes like music, identity and social dynamics; diasporic musical encounters; music and gender; music and politics; and intercultural aesthetics. Omojola served as Co-Chair of the African Music Section of SEM from 2011 to 2104. He is a current member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Ethnomusicology.

A scholar working in the fields of gender and sexuality, ethnomusicology, dance, and popular music studies, Rumya S. Putcha is an assistant professor in the Department of Performance Studies at Texas A&M University. Her work examines the relationship between performance and affect, gender and sexuality, historiography and cultural intimacy, and constructions of race in public culture. Over the past two years she has been closely involved with the South Asian Performing Arts section of SEM, now serving as co-chair. In that capacity Rumya has overseen and coordinated the annual student paper award, the Nazir Jairazbhoy prize.

Timothy Rommen (Ph.D. University of Chicago, 2002) is Professor of Music and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He specializes in the music of the Caribbean with research interests that include folk and popular sacred music, popular music, critical theory, ethics, tourism, diaspora, and the intellectual history of ethnomusicology. He has served the Society for Ethnomusicology as a member of several national and regional committees, including: the Alan Merriam Prize Committee (2009); the Program Committee for the 55th Annual Meeting (2010); the Local Arrangements committee for the 56th Annual Meeting (2011); and the Program Committee for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter Meeting (2013). He is currently serving as a member of the Bruno Nettl Prize Committee (2015).

Daniel Sheehy
has been the Director and Curator of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings since 2000. He concurrently served as Director of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (2009-2013) and Acting Director of the Smithsonian Latino Center (2008-2009). As Director of Folk & Traditional Arts at the National Endowment for the Arts (1992-2000) and staff ethnomusicologist and Assistant Director (1978-1992), Sheehy directed the National Heritage Fellowship awards and grants programs of $4 million annually. A Fulbright-Hays scholar in Veracruz, Mexico (1977-78), he earned his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from UCLA (1979). He served as co-editor with Dale Olsen of theSouth America, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean volume of the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. His book Mariachi Music in America: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture was published by Oxford University Press in 2006. He served as SEM First Vice President (2005-2007), Program Committee (2002 and 1981), and Council Chair (1993-95) and member (1982-85), Nominating Committee Chair (1984), and SEM member since 1973. He currently serves as President of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts and board member of the National Council for the Traditional Arts and the Association for Cultural Equity.

J. Lawrence Witzleben, Professor (ethnomusicology), University of Maryland, and Senior Research Fellow, Chinese University of Hong Kong. My main research interests include musics of China (especially instrumental music in Shanghai and Hong Kong), Indonesia, and Hawai‘i; performance, ethnography, and ethnomusicology theory; ethnomusicologies outside of the US; and music and film. I have been the Editor of Ethnomusicology (2010-13), Program Chair for the Annual Meeting (Tucson), MACSEM President, and a member of the SEM Council, Executive Board, and numerous committees. I have also been the recipient of SEM’s Jaap Kunst and Alan Merriam Prizes (the latter for Silk and Bamboo Music in Shanghai). My approach to the field of ethnomusicology has been profoundly affected by my interactions with scholars, performers, and students from other countries: I taught in Hong Kong for many years, worked with a Japanese co-editor and dozens of Asian scholars on the East Asia Garland Encyclopedia volume, and currently serve on the Executive Board of the International Council for Traditional Music. I would like to see SEM become ever more welcoming and encouraging to our not-insignificant numbers of international members, whose contribution to our meetings, journal, and virtual communication are underappreciated assets of this Society.

Sunmin Yoon is a part-time Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology in the School of Music at Kent State University, OH. Her research explores Mongolian folk song genres at the intersections of the politics, dialogues, and mobility that exist between rural and urban musical environments, and it interrogates the nature and feasibility of preservation and globalized cultural heritage through interviews with singers whose careers have spanned both Socialist and post-Socialist Mongolia. Her work has appeared in International Institute for Asian Studies Newsletter, The Journal of Mongolian Society, and World Literature Today. Sunmin has been active as a presenter in regional and national SEM meetings since 2006 and served as secretary for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of SEM (MACSEM) between 2007 and 2009. She is a recent recipient of the Mentoring Program Award from the SEM Diversity Action Committee Program.

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