Daniel Ferguson

Discipline: Ethnomusicology

Daniel Ferguson is an ethnomusicologist and former assistant professor of music at Columbia University. He currently teaches at Utah Valley University. He received an M.A. from UCLA and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Chinese Studies at UC Berkeley. Dr. Ferguson was the recipient of Research Fellowships from the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Fulbright-Hayes Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences (CSCPRC), and the Columbia University Council on Research and Faculty Development in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and four consecutive years of Foreign Language Area Studies fellowships in Chinese at the Univ. of Washington. This past Spring semester, Professor Ferguson was nominated for the Faculty Senate Excellence Award at UVU. His areas of specialization include: China; Popular Musics of the Americas; Music in Scottish America; Music, Ethnicity, and Cultural Identity; Music and Soundscape Studies; and Music and Sustainability. He has conducted fieldwork in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan and among Chinese diasporic communities in the U.S. He has also done fieldwork in the context of Scottish-American cultural events throughout the eastern U.S. Dr. Ferguson has resided in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Colombia for upwards of eight years and is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese. This will be Professor Ferguson’s third voyage with Semester at Sea, having taught on both the Fall 2010 and short-term Maymester 2012 voyages.