Julie Hunter is an ethnomusicologist specializing in African music. 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 dissertation research explores the new phenomenon of women's drumming in West Africa, and focuses on a core group of talented Ewe female drummers who also serve as singers, dancers, composers, and music directors in their local communities. Her research interests include 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, she served on the Society for Ethnomusicology Council and received funding from the West African Research Association, Brown University, and a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship. She taught, and performed with, the Ghanaian Drumming and Dancing Ensemble at Brown, organized an African Music Festival in 2008, and edited an extensive digital collection of African field recordings by James T. Koetting, which highlights Kasena music and culture of Northern Ghana. Previously, she taught at Bryant University and Boston College before coming to Crane.