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:



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                                                                                                       




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]


“Translated Fronts: Songs of Socialist Cosmopolitanism in Cold War India,” History and Anthropology 28/1 (2017): 1-22.

“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