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Christi-Anne Castro


Associate Professor, Ethnomusicology

Director, Center for Southeast Asian Studies

Christi-Anne Castro received her Master's and Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She joined the Department of Musicology faculty in 2005. Since then she has taught classes introducing School of Music, Theatre & Dance students and non-music majors to "world music" and other topics. In 2010-2011 she was delighted to participate in the Faculty Scholars Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Michigan in order to further her interest in music, health, and healing, and she created a new course called "Music and the Body" which was then taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In 2012, her book Musical Renderings of the Philippine Nation (Oxford University Press) won the Global Filipino Literary Award for Nonfiction, earning it "special cataloguing" status and a place in the Southeast Asian Collection in the Asian Reading Room at the Library of Congress.

She has served as the director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies since 2013 (for which she was also associate director in 2010-2011). Her other service includes chair of the Musicology Graduate Admissions Committee, Associate Editor of the journal Music and Politics, and member of the advisory board for the Asian Music journal.



"Going in and Cmoing Out: The Lure and Dare of Unorthodox Ethnography." In Queering the Field: Sounding Out Ethnomusicology, edited by Gregory Barz and Will Cheng. New York: Oxford University Press (in review, forthcoming 2017).

"Colonized by Rote: Music Education in the First Two Decades of US Rule in the Philippines." In The Making of Philippine National Culture, 1880s to 1941, edited by Jose Buenconsejo. Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press (forthcoming 2016).

"Southeast Asia." In Oxford Bibliographies in Music, edited by Bruce Gustafson. New York, Oxford University Press.

"The Musical Performances of Charice Pempengco and Arnel Pineda." 2014. In Communication and Media Theories, edited by R. Tolentino, P. Campos, R. Solis, and C. Pangilinan. Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press. (reprint of article)

“The Perils of Ethnography in a Cultural History.” 2013. Our Own Voice Literary/Arts Journal, May.

“The River of Exchange: Music of Agusan Manobo and Visayan Relations in Caraga, Mindanao, Philippines,” review of film by José Buenconsejo. 2012. Ethnomusicology: Journal of the Society for Ethnomusicology 56(2).

Musical Renderings of the Philippine Nation. 2011. New York: Oxford University Press. (Winner of the Global Filipino Literary Award, 2012).

“Subjectivity and Hybridity in the Age of Internet Media: The Musical Performances of Charice Pempengco and Arnel Pineda.” 2010. Humanities Diliman (January-June).

“Voices in the Minority: Race, Gender, Sexuality and the Asian American in Popular Music". 2007. Journal of Popular Music Studies 19(3).

 “Music and Politics in the Philippines." 2003. Journal of Chinese Folklore, Ritual, and Theater.

“Nostalgia in a Denuded Rainforest.” 2003. Recording Review. Asian Music.

Dularawan: Composing the Philippine Nation.” 2003. Pacific Review of Ethnomusicology.


Papers and Presentations (selected)

"Women in the Academy," panel organizer, moderator, and participant (2016)

University of Michigan

"Colonized by Rote: Music Education during the US Era in the Philippines" (2015)

Society for Ethnomusicology, Austin, TX

Keynote Address (2014)

University of Michigan Filipino Cultural Night

"Musical Dialogues with the Homeland" (2014)

Invited lecture, University of Wisconsin, Madison

"Workshop on Cover Letters" (2014)

Graduate Student Conference, University of Michigan

“Filipino Ethnomusicology in a Rapidly Changing World” (2013)

Invited lecture, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Manila

“Teaching Filipino Heritage Through Music” (2013)

Invited lecture, University of the Philippines, Diliman

“Gilberto Gil and the Cultural Politics of Popular Music in Brazil” (2012)

University Musical Society, Hill Auditorium, University of Michigan

"Music, Subjectivity, and the Persistence of Nation: The Philippine Case" (2011)

Invited lecture, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI

Careers in Ethnomusicology Roundtable (2010)

Midwest Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Chicago, IL

"Songs of Race and Empire During the Philippine-American War" (2009)

Society for Ethnomusicology, Mexico City, MX

“Land of Monkeys and Insurrectionists: Songs of the Philippine- American War” (2009)

Society for American Music, Denver, CO

“Singing the Philippine Nation to the World” (2008)

Society for Ethnomusicology, Middletown, CT

Narrators and Narrations of Nationalism: Musical Flows through Trans/national Currents, panel organizer and chair (2008)

Society for Ethnomusicology, Middletown, CT

“Asian Americans Performing Popular Music Selves” (2008)
Midwest Popular Culture Association, Cincinnati, OH

"Traditions of Change: Music and the Filipino Narrative in the Homeland and Beyond," panel organizer and discussant (2006)

Society for Ethnomusicology National Meeting, Honolulu, HI

"Finding Filipino: Musical Strategies in Locating Identity" (2006)

ICOPHIL, Michigan State University, Lansing, MI

“Evolution and Redefintion: Rethinking the Asian American Woman in Popular Music,” panel organizer and participant (2005)

Society for Ethnomusicology National Meeting, Atlanta, GA


Teaching at the University of Michigan

Musicology 122: Introduction to World Music

Musicology 139: Introduction to Music (for School of Music, Theatre & Dance students)

Musicology 306/406/506: Music and the Body

Musicology 464/564: Music of Latin America and the Caribbean

Musicology 467/567: Music of Asia II

Musicology 542: Topics in World Music Studies

Musicology 547: Introduction to Ethnomusicology

Musicology 605: Music, Gender, and Sexuality

Musicology 605: Musical Ethnography

Musicology 605: Music and Nation - A Global Perspective

Musicology 406/506/606: Global Pop

Musicology 730: Fieldwork Methods in Ethnomusicology


Contact Information

Christi-Anne Castro

University of Michigan

804 Burton Memorial Tower

Ann Arbor, MI. 48109–1270

Office Telephone: (734) 615-4216


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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower