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People: Adjunct and Affiliated Faculty

David McDonaldDavid McDonald

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
  • Director of the Indiana University Middle Eastern Ensemble
  • Curriculum Vitae


  • PhD, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2006

Research Interests

  • Israel/Palestine
  • Performance ethnography
  • Social theory
  • Ethnomusicological study of violence and sociocultural trauma

Courses Recently Taught

  • Activism, Engagement, and Critical Ethnography
  • Popular Culture and Politics in the Middle East
  • Introduction to World Music and Cultures
  • Popular Culture in the Middle East
  • Music and Social Protest
  • Music and Violence
  • Music, War, and Peace
  • Music, Identity, and Global citizenship

Contact Information

Office: 506 N. Fess, Room 105
Phone: (812) 855-0396

Publication Highlights

  • "Imaginaries of Exile and Emergence in Israeli and Palestinian Hip Hop" The Drama Review 57/3: 69-87.
  • Palestinian Music and Song: Expression and Resistance since 1900. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press (forthcoming 2013)
  • “Revivals and New Arrivals: Protest Song in the al-Aqsa Intifada.” In Music, Politics, and Violence, eds. Kip Pegley and Susan Fast, pp. 129-149.  Wesleyan: Wesleyan University Press 2012.
  • "Carrying Words Like Weapons: Hip Hop and the Poetics of Palestinian Identities in Israel." In Min-Ad: Israel Studies in Musicology, 7, no. 2 (2010): 116–30.
  • "Geographies of the Body: Violence and Manhood in Palestine." In Ethnomusicology Forum 19, no. 2 (2010).
  • "Music, Folklore, and Nationalism among Palestinian Refugees in Amman, Jordan (2003–2005)." In the EVIA Digital Archive (2010).
  • My Voice is My Weapon: Music, Nationalism, and the Poetics of Palestinian Resistance. Durham, NC: Duke University Press (forthcoming).
  • "Poetics and the Performance of Violence in Israel/Palestine." In Ethnomusicology 53:1 (2009).
  • "Performing Palestine: Resisting the Occupation and Reviving Jerusalem's Social and Cultural Identity through the Arts." Jerusalem Quarterly 25, no. 1 (2006): 5–19.

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