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.
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.
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;
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
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).
Smithsonian internship information: http://intern.si.edu/
Smithsonian fellowship information: http://www.si.edu/ofg/fellowopp.htm
Center for Folklife and Cultural
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:
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
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