Anna Schultz

Associate Professor of Music

Department of Music


Anna Schultz is Associate Professor of Music at Stanford University, having taught previously at the University of Minnesota, the University of Illinois, and Ithaca College. She received a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Illinois, an M.A. in Social Science from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in Music and Anthropology from Beloit College. Her first book, Singing a Hindu Nation: Marathi Devotional Performance and Nationalism, was published by Oxford University Press in 2013. Her second book—on Indian Jewish song, translation, and gender—is also under contract with Oxford University Press. Her research in India has been supported by fellowships from Fulbright-Hays, the American Association of University Women, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Hellman Foundation, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the University of Illinois, and Stanford University. Schultz’s other publications are on Marathi Jewish song as textual orality; Indo-Caribbean music in Minneapolis; Youtube and the aesthetics of suffering; liveness in the recorded abhangas of Pandit Bhimsen Joshi; mobile recording technology and ethnomusicological praxis; and genealogies of American country music. Her articles have appeared in Ethnomusicology, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Ethnomusicology Forum, Acta Musicologica, and Journal of Vaishnava Studies, as well as in various edited volumes.

Curriculum Vitae:


Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology, University of Illinois
Dissertation: “Rashtriya Kirtan of Maharashtra: Musical Fragments of Nationalist Politics.” (Adviser: Charles Capwell)

M.A. in Social Science, The University Of Chicago
M.A. Paper:  “Constructing the Past, the Future, Self and Other through Hindi Film Music.” (Adviser: Philip V. Bohlman)

B.A. magna cum laude in Anthropology (with honors) and Music, Beloit College.
Honors Thesis:  “Children’s Songs in Contemporary Pune: The Changing Socio-cultural Context.” (Adviser: Lawrence Breitborde)


2014 American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship

2014 Hellman Faculty Scholar Fund, Stanford                                                                

2012 FSI Hewlett Faculty Grant, Stanford                                                                      

2012 Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Research Award                                                        

2011 AMS 75 Pays Publication Subvention                                                                      

2001 American Association of University Women American Fellowship                        

1999-2000 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship                    

1999 Nelle Seignor Fellowship in International Relations                                              

1999 American Institute of Indian Studies Fellowship (declined)                                   

1998 University of Illinois Graduate College Dissertation Travel Grant                      

1993 June Baker Memorial Award (Department of Music, Beloit College)                 

1993 Phi Beta Kappa                                                                                                         

  • Writing and Orality in South Asian Music and Performance (Stanford, Winter 2016, graduate seminar in Musicology)
  • Music and Religious Experience in the Contemporary World (Stanford, Spring 2014; grad/undergrad)
  • Latin American Music and Globalization (Stanford, Fall 2013, Fall 2015; undergraduate writing in the major course)
  • A Stranger in a Strange Land: Jewish Musics in Translation (Stanford, Winter 2013, freshman seminar)
  • Music and Religious Experience in South Asia (Stanford, Spring 2013, undergrad/grad)
  • Listening to the Local: Music Ethnography of the Bay Area (Stanford, Spring 2012, Spring 2014, Spring 2016, undergrad/grad).
  • Bollywood & Beyond: South Asian Popular & Folk Music (Stanford, Fall 2011, Winter 2016, freshman seminar).
  • Music of South Asia (Stanford, Spring 2011, grad/undergrad writing in the major)
  • Proseminar in Ethnomusicology (Stanford, Winter 2011, Winter 2013, graduate seminar)
  • Music Ethnography of the Twin Cities: Sounding Culture in the Somali Diaspora (U of MN, Fall 2009, grad/undergrad)
  • Music and Religious Experience in the Contemporary World (U of MN, Spring 2009; Stanford, Spring 2014, grad/undergrad)
  • Vernacular Music of South Asia (U of MN, Spring 2008, grad/undergrad)
  • Ethnographic Fieldwork: Music, Devotion, and Identity at Indo-Caribbean-American Temples (U of MN, Fall 2007, grad/undergrad)
  • Nationalist Theory in a Music World (U of MN, Spring 2007, Spring 2009; Stanford, Fall 2011, graduate seminar)
  • Musical Cultures of the World/World Music (U of MN, Spring 2007 and 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2009; Stanford, Spring 2011, Winter 2012, Fall 2013, undergraduate general education)
  • Music, Society, and Culture (U of MN, Fall 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, undergraduate requirement for music majors)
  • Current Issues in Ethnomusicology (U of MN, Fall 2006, Spring 2009, required graduate seminar)
  • Introduction to World Music (University of Illinois, Fall 2005 and Spring 2006, undergraduate general education)
  • Introduction to the Art of Music (University of Illinois, Fall 2005 and Spring 2006, undergraduate general education)
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Ithaca College, Fall 2004 and Spring 2005; SUNY Morrisville, Spring 2004 and Spring 2005, undergraduate)
  • Anthropology of Music (Ithaca College, Spring 2005, undergraduate)
  • History of Jazz (SUNY Morrisville, Spring 2005, undergraduate)
  • Introduction to Music and Art (SUNY Morrisville, Fall 2004, undergraduate)


“Kentucky”: Erasing and Reinscribing Race and Geography in Post-WWII Country/Bluegrass Music (book project with Sumanth Gopinath)

Selected Bene Israel Kirtans, with narration by Flora Samuel (critical edition)

“Translated Fronts: Songs of Socialist Cosmopolitanism in Cold War India.”


Standing on Narad’s Mat: Encounters with Marathi Kirtan. A film by Mark Nye and Anna Schultz, in post-production.

Co-writer, Love, Peace, Unity. A film by Mark Nye, in post-production. This film is about Major Topps II, the long-time director of a drum and dance team in North Minneapolis.

Bhajans and Belonging in Indo-Guyanese Minneapolis. A film by Mark Nye & Anna Schultz. 2007.



Songs of Translation: Bene Israel Migration, Gender, and Textual Orality (Oxford University Press, under contract).

Singing a Hindu Nation: Marathi Devotional Performance and Nationalism (Oxford University Press, 2013). [Reviewed in NotesPolitics and Religion; Journal of the American Oriental Society]


“Sentimental Remembrance and the Amusements of Forgetting in Karl & Harty’s ‘Kentucky’” (with Sumanth Gopinath), Journal of the American Musicological Society 69/2 (2016)

“The Afterlives of Publishing: Christian Texts for Indian Jewish Song,” Acta Musicologica 88/1 (2016): 63-86

“Performing Translation in Jewish India: Kirtan of the Bene Israel,” in This Thing Called Music: Essays in Honor of Bruno Nettl, ed. Philip V. Bohlman and Victoria Levine (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015) 

“Bollywood Bhajans: Style as “Air” in an Indian-Guyanese Twice Migrant Community,” Ethnomusicology Forum 23:3 (2014): 383-404

“Music Ethnography and Recording Technology in the Unbound Digital Era” (with Mark Nye), in Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music and Sound Studies, ed. Sumanth Gopinath and Jason Stanyek (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014)

"The Diasporic Rasa of Suffering: Notes on the Aesthetics of Image and Sound in Indo-Caribbean and Sikh Popular Art” (with Michael Nijhawan), in Suffering, Art, and Aesthetics, ed. Ratiba Hadj-Moussa and Michael Nijhawan (New York: McMillan Palgrave, 2014)

“The Liveness-es of Pandit Bhimsen Joshi’s Popular Abhangas,” in More Than Bollywood: Studies in Indian Popular Music, ed. Gregory Booth and Bradley Shope (Oxford University Press, 2013)

“From Sants to Court Singers: Style and Patronage in Marathi Kirtan,” Journal of Vaishnava Studies 17 (2009): 127-146

“The Collision of Genres and Collusion of Participants: Marathi Rāṣṭrīya Kīrtan and the Communication of Hindu Nationalism,” Ethnomusicology 52 (2008): 31-51

“Uttar Pradesh,” in Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, Part 2, Vol. V., ed. John Shepherd, David Horn, Dave Laing (London: Continuum International, 2005)

“Hindu Nationalism, Music, and Embodiment in Marathi Rāshṭrīya Kīrtan,” Ethnomusicology 46 (2002): 307-322