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Joe Kinzer

Joe Kinzer


Ph.D., Ethnomusicology, University of Washington, 2017
M.Mus., Concentration in Ethnomusicology and Southeast Asian Studies, Northern Illinois University, 2012
B.A., magna cum laude, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Illinois State University, 2009

Joe Kinzer received his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of Washington in 2017, and specializes in issues of identity and religious expression in Asian musical contexts. He has taught ethnomusicology courses at the University of Washington and Northern Illinois University. Currently, he is the Senior Curatorial Assistant for Harvard University’s Archive of World Music and Affiliate Faculty member for Antioch University’s Individualized Master of Arts (IMA) Program. He plays the ‘ud (Arab lute) in Boston College’s Astaza! ensemble and is Section Editor for the Malaysian Journal of Music. His book, Arab Lutes and Global Roots in the Music of Muslim Malaysia (Routledge, forthcoming), explores how centuries of conflicting Hindu-Buddhist and Islamic influences from India and the Middle East have transformed and continue to complicate Malay cultural politics in 21st century musical practices. Joe resides in Boston with his wife and daughter.

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Additional Courses

American Popular Song - University of Washington

Introduction to Music and Cultural Studies - Northern Illinois University

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Professional Affiliations: 
Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC), Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), Association for Asian Studies (AAS), ICTM Study Group on Performing Arts of Southeast Asia

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