Frank Gunderson is Professor of Musicology at Florida State University. He received the B.A. degree from Evergreen State College (WA), and the M.A. in World Music and Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University (CT). He has held previous appointments at Ohio University and University of Michigan, and he once taught for two years in a village Harambee secondary school in Kenya.
Gunderson’s research and teaching interests include musical intersections with Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) and sonic repatriation, African history, Islam, musical labor, veterans’ issues, biographical approaches, refugee communities, and documentary film. His research has been supported recently by Fulbright (Distinguished Chair Award, 2021-2022), and he has received awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright-Hays, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation.
Gunderson’s professional affiliations include the African Studies Association (ASA), the American Anthropological Association (AAA), and the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM).