Christi-Anne Castro

Associate Dean for Faculty Development; Co-Chair of Musicology, and Associate Professor of Music


Christi-Anne Castro joined the University of Michigan faculty in 2005. Her music research interests include identity and cultural politics, nationalism, and embodiment. In 2010-11 she participated in the Faculty Scholars Program in Integrative Medicine at U-M, and in 2019-20 she was a Rackham-Mellon Public Engagement and the Humanities Faculty Fellow. The university awarded her a John H. D’Arms Faculty Award for Distinguished Graduate Mentoring in the Humanities in 2021.

Castro’s book Musical Renderings of the Philippine Nation (2011, Oxford University Press) won the 2012 “Global Filipino Literary Award for Nonfiction.” Her other publications include articles on music in the Philippines, new media, queerness, and Asian Americans in popular music. Her current book project is on identity politics and community music festivals. She is co-editor of the journal Music & Politics and a long-time member of the editorial board of the journal Asian Music.

She teaches a variety of courses, including Fieldwork, Ethnography, Global Pop, World Music Pedagogy, Music of Latin America, Music and the Body, Music and Nationalism, Music and Community, Everyday Musicology, and Music, Gender, and Sexuality.

Her professional work includes serving twice on the council of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), twice on the programming committee for the SEM national conferences, and numerous stints on various committees. She also composes and arranges music for Philippine rondalla and performs with the Iskwelahang Pilipino Rondalla of Boston. In 2022 she will serve as the composer-in-residence for the Classical Mandolin Society of America conference.



BA, Yale University
PhD, University of California, Los Angeles