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Director

Mellonee V. Burnim
Mellonee Burnim
Professor, Folklore and Ethnomusicology; Adjunct Professor African American and African Diaspora Studies.

B.M. (music education), North Texas State University; M.M. (ethnomusicology) University of Wisconsin; Ph.D. (Ethnomusicology), Indiana University.

Areas of specialization: African-American religious music, music of the African diaspora, black music aesthetics and performance.

Contact: burnim @ indiana.edu

Head of Collections

Brenda Nelson-Strauss
Brenda Nelson-Strauss
Head of Collections/Technical Services of the Archives of African American Music and Culture.

B.M. (flute, music education), Western Washington University; MLS (music specialization), Indiana University; MA, coursework (folklore/ethnomusicology), Indiana University.

Areas of specialization: performing arts archives and recorded sound collections.

Contact: bnelsons @ indiana.edu

Digital Archivist/Project Manager

William R. Vanden Dries
William R. Vanden Dries
Digital Archivist/Project Manager of the Archives of African American Music and Culture.

Education: B.S. (Aerospace Engineering), The University of Texas at Austin; M.S. (Information Studies), The University of Texas at Austin.

Areas of specialization: Audiovisual collections, digital archiving and preservation, information organzation.

Contact: wvandend @ indiana.edu

Faculty Research Associates

Portia K. Maultsby Portia K. Maultsby
Emeritus Professor of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Founding Director of AAAMC, and Emeritus Adjunct Professor in the School of Music, African Studies, and American Studies.

B.M. (piano, composition/theory), Mount St. Scholastic College; M.M. (musicology), University of Wisconsin; Ph.D. (ethonomusicology), University of Wisconsin.

Areas of specialization: African-American popular music, music industry, Black music aesthetics and performance.

Contact: maultsby @ indiana.edu

 

Valerie Grim Valerie Grim
Associate Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies.

B.A. (history) Tougaloo College; M.A. (history) Iowa State University; Ph.D. (history) Iowa State University; Ph.D. (history) Iowa State University.

Areas of specialization: African American agricultural and rural history and the role of religion in the life of African Americans.

 

Dr. Alisha Jones Alisha Lola Jones
Assistant Professor, Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology and Affiliated Faculty, Department of Gender Studies.

B.M. Oberlin Conservatory; M.Div. Yale Divinity School; Certificate, Yale Institute of Sacred Music; Ph.D. (Ethnomusicology) University of Chicago.

Areas of specialization: Music and religion in the African diaspora, men's studies, gender and sexuality, identity, music industry, popular music, and voice studies.

 

Fernando Orejuela Fernando Orejuela

Lecturer of Folklore and Ethnomusicology.

B.A. (English literature), University of Cincinnati, M.A. (folklore) Indiana University, Ph.D. (folklore), Indiana University.

Areas of specialization: Hip hop music and culture, popular culture, pedagogy, United States.

 

Charles Sykes Charles Sykes
Director, African American Arts Institute and Adjunct Professor Folklore and Ethnomusicology.

B.S. (music education), Florida A&M University; M.M.E. (music education), Indiana University; D.M.E. (music education/ethnomusicology), Indiana University.

Areas of specialization: African-American popular music, arranging, performance, and analysis.

Archives of African American Music and Culture
Indiana University
2805 E. Tenth St., Suite 180-181
Bloomington, IN 47408-4662
Phone: (812) 855-8547
Fax: (812) 856-0333
aaamc@indiana.edu

Last updated: 4 May, 2011


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