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Chair of Music Department

David Harnish

University of San Diego

David Harnish (PhD UCLA, MA U-Hawai‘i) joined the University of San Diego in 2011 and serves as Professor, Chair of Music, Co-Director of Balinese Gamelan Gunung Mas (a student ensemble), and Academic Liaison with the Arts and Philosophy Laureate for the Kyoto Prize Symposium. He is former Interim Dean, Associate Dean, Professor, and Gamelan Director at Bowling Green State University, and sailed twice previously with Semester at Sea.

He is author of Bridges to the Ancestors: Music, Myth and Cultural Politics at an Indonesian Festival (University of Hawaii Press, 2006), of 45 articles in peer-reviewed journals and books, and is co-author/editor of Divine Inspirations: Music and Islam in Indonesia (Oxford University Press, 2011) and Between Harmony and Discrimination: Negotiating Interreligious Relationships in Bali and Lombok (Brill Press, 2014). He is a double Fulbright recipient and National Foundation Fellow, has received other support from the Freeman Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ohio Arts Council, the United States-Indonesia Society, MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music, and Partnerships for Community Action, and he has consulted with the BBC, National Geographic, MTV-Fulbright Awards, and the Smithsonian Institute. As a performer, he has recorded and/or performed Indonesian, jazz, Indian and Tejano musics with five different labels, and he currently performs with a Latin rock band. Areas of interest include musics of Asia, Africa, and the United States, and the intersections of music and religion, festival, hybridity, pedagogy, composition, popular culture, politics and sustainability.