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Smithsonian Institution

Collection/Program Scope and Focus

United States national museum complex, with annually awarded predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships as well as internships of varying duration available for undergraduate and graduate students. Ethnomusicologists undertake research in various departments and units within the Smithsonian, often related to the production of public programs, exhibits, or recordings. Many of these researchers accept interns, and the Smithsonian Institution annually offers a limited number of fellowships to junior and senior scholars who wish to work with Smithsonian collections and/or Smithsonian scholars. There is no formal teaching at the Smithsonian. Ethnomusicologists are attached to different departments in the Smithsonian, including the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, National Museum of American History, the National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of the American Indian, and the Freer Gallery of Art / Arthur M. Sackler Gallery National Asian Art Museums.

Special Resources

Extensive online and electronic databases; specialized library and archive collections; musical instrument collection; audio-visual archives; non-profit record label, and publicly available audio archive.

Full-Time Staff

Rayna Green. (Ph.D., Indiana University) National Museum of American History. Public sector folklore and American cultural history; American Indian cultures; women; recording, film, and performance production.

John Edward Hasse. (Ph.D., Indiana University) Curator, National Museum of American History. Jazz history; 20th century American popular musics; New Orleans music; Duke Ellington.

Adrienne Kaeppler. (Ph.D., University of Hawai‘i) Curator, Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History. Pacific, especially Polynesia, music, dance, and aesthetics in their social contexts.

Joanna Pecore. (Ph.D. University of Maryland-College Park) Educator for Adult Programs, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Applied ethnomusicology, interdisciplinary education; Cambodian, Japanese performing and visual arts in Asia and the U.S.

Jeff Place. (M.L.S., University of Maryland) Archivist, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. American folk music; archiving; record production.

Edwin Schupman. (M.M., Miami University) Education Product Developer, National Museum of the American Indian. Culture-based education; traditional and contemporary Native American music; American popular music.

Daniel Sheehy. (Ph.D., UCLA) Director, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage; Director/Curator, Smithsonian Folkways Recording. Applied ethnomusicology; Mexican regional music; Latin American mestizo music; Latino music in the USA.

Stephanie Smith. (Ph.D., University of Edinburgh 1988) Assistant Archivist, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. British and American folksong and folk music; the Folk Revival; dance ethnography; archiving; folklife presentations on the Web.

D.A. Sonneborn. (Ph.D., UCLA) Associate Director, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Best ethical practices in fieldwork, intellectual property rights, and intangible cultural heritage; music in Sufism; community-based music.

Michael Wilpers. (M.M., University of Maryland-College Park 1989) Performing Arts Programmer, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Public sector ethnomusicology; Asian music and visual arts; Asian music in primary and secondary education; Asian-American music; Asian feature films.

General Collection/Program Statement

The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum complex and research organization, comprised of 19 museums, 9 research centers, and the National Zoo. Its mission is "the increase and diffusion of knowledge.”

Fellowships, Internships, and Other Support

Detailed information about Smithsonian internships and fellowships is available (see Related Websites below).

Collection/Program Website


Related Websites

Smithsonian internship information: http://intern.si.edu/

Smithsonian fellowship information: http://www.si.edu/ofg/fellowopp.htm

Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage: http://www.folklife.si.edu/center/mission.aspx

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings: http://www.folkways.si.edu/

Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives: http://www.folklife.si.edu/archives_resources/about.aspx

National Museum of American History: http://www.americanhistory.si.edu/

National Museums of Asian Art: http://www.asia.si.edu/

National Museum of Natural History: http://www.mnh.si.edu/

National Museum of the American Indian: http://www.nmai.si.edu/index.cfm

The content for Smithsonian Institution was last updated July 13, 2010.

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