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Laurel Sercombe

Affiliate Assistant Professor, Ethnomusicology

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(206) 543-0974
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Ph.D., Eth­no­mu­si­col­ogy, Uni­ver­sity of Washington
M.L.S., Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton
B.A., Music, Hum­boldt State Uni­ver­sity

Lau­rel Ser­combe has been the Archivist for the Eth­no­mu­si­col­ogy Pro­gram at the Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton since 1982. She has co-produced a series of music record­ings with North­west Folk­life, lec­tured for classes in Eth­no­mu­si­col­ogy, Library and Infor­ma­tion Sci­ence, and Amer­i­can Indian Stud­ies, and designed and taught a course on sound archiv­ing. In 1998 she received a pre-doctoral Smith­son­ian Research Fel­low­ship and in 2001 received her Ph.D. with the dis­ser­ta­tion And Then It Rained: Power and Song in West­ern Wash­ing­ton Coast Sal­ish Myth Nar­ra­tives. She is a mem­ber of the Music Library Asso­ci­a­tion, the Asso­ci­a­tion for Recorded Sound Col­lec­tions, and the Soci­ety for Eth­no­mu­si­col­ogy, for which she served as Cur­rent Discog­ra­pher 1992–2000 and Trea­surer 2000–2004. She serves on the boards of Jack Straw Pro­duc­tions and North­west Her­itage Resources. In 2013 she orga­nized and hosted “Sounds of the World,” a series of six pro­grams for UWTV fea­tur­ing film footage from the Robert Garfias Col­lec­tion in the Eth­no­mu­si­col­ogy Archives.