This spring semester 2022 Indiana University's Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology will welcome award-winning ethnomusicologist, Dr. Eduardo Herrera, to its permanent faculty. Both an ethnographer and historian, Dr. Herrera is well known for his research in masculinities and violence in sports fandom, cultural diplomacy, and musical experimentalism in South America. Having earned his PhD at the University of Illinois in 2013, he is widely recognized as one of the rising scholars in the study of Latin American and Latinx musical practices. He is the author of Elite Art Worlds: Philanthropy, Latin Americanism, and Avant-garde Music (Oxford University Press, 2020) and co-editor of Experimentalisms in Practice: Music Perspectives from Latin America (Oxford University Press, 2018).
“We couldn’t be more thrilled for Eduardo to be joining the faculty at IU,” said Department Chair David McDonald. “Not only is Eduardo a perfect fit with our departmental values and mission, but his ground-breaking work with masculinity, violence, and soccer chants and his knowledge on the ethnographic study of elites is a great addition to the study of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at IU.”
Dr. Eduardo Herrera joins a world-renowned faculty of folklorists and ethnomusicologists at IU. “It is an unbelievable opportunity; since the beginning of my studies, I have admired how so much of the history of folklore and ethnomusicology was connected to IU. Even back in Colombia, everyone knew that IU had one of the top programs in the world,” Herrera said. “I can’t wait to join my new colleagues and students, share with them my passion for the study of Latin American and Latinx cultural practices, and learn from everyone in this incredibly rich intellectual environment.”
Dr. Herrera joins IU from Rutgers University, New Jersey, after spending Spring 2021 as visiting associate professor at Harvard University, and having been a Humanities Center Faculty Fellow for 2019–2020 at the University of Rochester.