Frank Gunderson is an Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at Florida State University. He received the B.A. from the Evergreen State College (WA), and an M.A. in World Music and Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University (CT). He taught at Ohio University and University of Michigan, and spent two years teaching in a village secondary school in Kenya. He is an active member of the African Studies Association and the Society for Ethnomusicology, and is currently Film Review Editor for the SEM journal Ethnomusicology. He has published articles and reviews in Ethnomusicology, Africa Today, History and Anthropology, Soundings, and African Music, and has twice been a guest editor of the journal The World of Music. He is a former music director of KAOS radio in Olympia WA, where he was involved with the NW independent music scene working with "outsider" musician Travis Roberts, work which culminated in an award-winning film co-directed with Bret Woods, The Human Skab (SnagFilms, 2012). He has conducted extensive fieldwork in East Africa, and has produced the CD Tanzania: Farmer Composers of North West Tanzania (1997, Multicultural Media), and co-edited with Gregory Barz the book Mashindano!: Competitive Music Performance in East Africa (2000, Mkuki na Nyota Press/African Books Collective LTD, Michigan State University Press). His book “We Never Sleep We Dream of Farming”: Sukuma Labor Songs from Western Tanzania (Brill Academic Press, 2010) was the 2009-2011 winner of the Kwabena Nketia Book Award for best monograph on African music. He is co-editor (with Robert Lancefield and Bret Woods) of The Oxford Handbook of Musical Repatriation (OUP 2017, forthcoming), and is completing a dual biography on the lives and creative work of Tanzanian rumba artists Hassan Bitchuka and Muhidin Gurumo.
Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology