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Julie Hunter is an Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology specializing in African music. She has a secondary appointment in the Department of Anthropology, and teaches courses in the Africana and Women's and Gender Studies programs. She joined the faculty at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam in fall 2012. Dr. Hunter received her Ph.D. and M.A. in ethnomusicology from Brown University and B.M. with High Honors in Music History and Literature from Vanderbilt University. Her research interests include the music of Africa, Ewe drumming, music and gender, musics of the African diaspora, Afropop, performance studies, postcolonial theory and applied ethnomusicology.
During her graduate studies, Dr. Hunter served on the Society for Ethnomusicology Council and received funding from the West African Research Association, Brown University, and a U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship. Her dissertation research, under the direction of Jeff Todd Titon, explored the new phenomenon of women's drumming in West Africa, and focused on a core group of talented Ewe female drummers who also serve as singers, dancers, composers, and music directors in their local communities. She studied African performance under Martin Kwaku Kwaakye Obeng and served as teaching assistant for the Ghanaian Drumming and Dancing Ensemble at Brown. She organized an African Music Festival in 2008, and edited an extensive digital collection of African field recordings by James Koetting, which highlights Kasena music and culture of Northern Ghana. Previously, she taught at Bryant University and Boston College before coming to Crane.
Courses taught include Global Popular Music & Urban Cultures, Music of Africa, World Music Cultures, Gender and Music, Introduction to Ethnomusicology, and the West African Drum and Dance Ensemble.