University Distinguished Research Professor of Music and Anthropology
Department(s)Music History, Theory and Ethnomusicology
Contact InformationMusic Building 313
Steven Friedson is University Distinguished Research Professor of Music and Anthropology and head of the ethnomusicology program. A graduate of the University of Washington, he conducted research in Malawi under the auspices of a Fulbright grant. For the past fifteen years he has been working in the Volta Region of Ghana, where he has established a research center on the Guinea Coast. He is author of Dancing Prophets Musical Experience in Tumbuka Healing(University of Chicago Press 1996), and Remains of Ritual: Northern Gods in a Southern Land (University of Chicago Press 2009), winner of the Alan P. Merriam Prize for Outstanding Book in Ethnomusicology. He is currently working on the final book of a trilogy on music and ritual. In a previous life he was a member of the 60s rock band the Kingsmen.