David  McDonald

David McDonald

Associate Professor, Folklore and Ethnomusicology

Associate Professor, Media School

Chair, Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology

Director, Ethnomusicology Institute



  • Ph.D., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2006

Research interests

  • Israel/Palestine
  • performance ethnography
  • social theory
  • ethnomusicological study of violence and socio-cultural trauma
  • activism and critical ethnography
  • protest songs

Courses recently taught

  • Music in War, Music for Peace
  • Music and Social LIfe: Performance and Community Action
  • Irish Music and Culture
  • Study of Ethnomusicology
  • Activism, Engagement, and Critical Ethnography
  • Paradigms in Ethnomusicology
  • Fieldwork in Ethnomusicology
  • Music, Power, and Protest
  • Soundtrack to Revolution

Awards & Distinctions

  • Crossroads Music and Social Justice Prize (2019)
  • Chicago Folklore Prize (2014)
  • Jaap Kunst Prize (2014)
  • Qatar Foundation Research Fellowship (2014)
  • Trustees Teaching Award (2012)
  • New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities Fellowship (2010-11)
  • Institute for Advanced Study Interdisciplinary Research Seminar on Empathy (2009-10)
  • New Frontiers Arts and Humanities Exploration Travel Fellowship (2009-10)
  • Nicholas Temperley Dissertation Award, University of Illinois (2009)
  • Outstanding Faculty Program Award, Arts Village, Bowling Green State University (2008)
  • The American Center of Oriental Research Council of American Overseas Research Centers Fellowship (CAORC), Amman, Jordan (2005)
  • Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship (DDRA) (2003-04)
  • Fulbright Institute for International Education Research Fellowship (IIE) (2003-04)