University of California-Riverside
Type of Program and Degrees Offered
Ph.D. in ethnomusicology, western music history and
literature, theory/composition; B.A. in Music or Music and Culture. Full-time
faculty of ten and approximately 24 graduate students as well as courses for
over 500 non-majors each year. Collaboration with Anthropology, Dance, and Area
Studies Programs. Strong area specialties in Southeast Asia and Latin America.
The Ph.D. program is complemented by an undergraduate major
in Music and Culture, which offers a parallel interdisciplinary option to the
existing music major. This B.A. program offers a predominantly scholarly and
critical approach to music-as-culture from the perspective of research,
criticism, and interpretation, and with an emphasis on historical and
ethnographic approaches. A concurrent M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies is an
option (see "Related Websites" for URL).
Central Javanese gamelan and
Javanese calung, Japanese taiko ensemble, Philippine rondalla
ensemble, Latin American and Andean ensemble, mariachi, and Mexican dance.
Dynamic Latin American music resources, including the Center for Iberian and
Latin American Music and the annual Encuentros/Encounters conference.
Full-Time Faculty in Ethnomusicology
René T.A. Lysloff. (Ph.D., Michigan) Associate Professor.
Java/Indonesia; insular Southeast Asia performance traditions; media
technologies; performance studies; popular culture; cultural studies. Allied
faculty, digital composition.
Jonathan Ritter. (Ph.D., UCLA) Assistant Professor. Peru;
Ecuador; the Andean region; Latin American folk music traditions; indigenous
peoples; carnival and ritual studies; music and politics.
Deborah Wong. (Ph.D., Michigan) Professor. Asian American
performance; Thailand, mainland Southeast Asian performance traditions; race
and gender; ritual; performance studies; cultural studies; identity politics;
popular culture; mass media.
Jayna Brown. Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies. Black
performance in the U.S. and diaspora; vernacular dance and the body.
Derek Burrill. Associate Professor of Media and Cultural
Studies. Digital media and video games.
Anthea Kraut. Associate Professor of Dance. Black vernacular,
critical race theory, gender.
Sang-Hee Lee. Associate Professor of Anthropology. The
evolution of human morphological variation.
Brian Lloyd. Associate Professor of History. The history of
Tiffany López. Associate Professor of English. Performance
and cultural studies; Chicana and Latina drama.
Anthony Macías. Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies.
Mexican and Chicano music and popular culture.
Juliet McMullin. Associate Professor of Anthropology.
Medical anthropology; Pacific Islanders and Latina/os in the U.S.
Jacqueline Shea Murphy. Associate Professor of Dance. Native
Sally Ann Ness. Professor of Anthropology. Philippine dance;
Vorris Nunley. Assistant Professor of English. African
American expressive culture.
Priya Srinivasan. Assistant Professor of Dance. Gender,
immigration, citizenship, labor, and dance in the U.S. and Asian diaspora.
Linda Tomko. Associate Professor of Dance. Baroque dance
reconstruction; early twentieth-century American dance.
Kiril Tomoff. Associate Professor of History. Soviet musical
life and Russian music.
Carole-Anne Tyler. Associate Professor of English. Film and
General Program Statement
The music department is committed to changing the nature of
music scholarship and pedagogy. We aim to break down the distinction between
historical musicology, digital composition, and ethnomusicology, advocating new
and sometimes radical perspectives in the study of music. Our research
interests are interdisciplinary and especially strong in popular culture,
cultural studies, race/ethnicity studies, gender and sexuality studies,
violence and trauma studies, and posthuman/technology studies. We encourage
applications from students who would like to take part in questioning accepted
values and traditions in academic music studies.
Graduate classes are small, allowing the student to work closely with members
of the faculty. Individual attention is given to the needs and interests of
each student. Opportunity for independent research is given early in the
program. Master’s thesis topics have included ethnographies of Ethiopian
Christian ritual in San Diego, swing in Los Angeles, a film sound design studio
in Burbank, the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, Filipino/a American
students’ Pilipino Culture Nights, tourism in Bali, Cambodian American dance in
Long Beach, CA, bluegrass in Southern California, music and the Japanese
American internment, and global digital music communities. Doctoral
dissertation projects include Ethiopian music and political violence, music and
Mapuche indigenous identities in Chile, keroncong and musical hybridity
in Indonesia and Malaysia, and the cultural politics of the National Artist
Award in the Philippines.
Fellowship support is available.
Department of Music, University of California-Riverside,
Riverside, CA 92521-0325, USA. Phone: 951-827-3343.
M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies website: http://seatrip.ucr.edu/programs/grad.html
Apply online to the Ph.D. program: http://graduate.ucr.edu/grad_admissions.html
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