Associate Professor of Musicology, Associate
Professor of American culture, Director of Asian/ Pacific American Studies
B.Mus., 1978, University of Hawaii
B.A., 1980, University of Hawaii
M.A., 1982, University of Hawaii
M.A., 1985, Harvard University
Ph.D. 1991, Harvard University
Amy Ku'uleialoha Stillman is Associate Professor of Music and American Culture,
and serves as Director of Asian/Pacific American Studies at the University
of Michigan. Born and raised in Honolulu, she holds Bachelors degrees in Music
Composition and Hawaiian Studies and a Master's degree in Ethnomusicology,
and Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Historical Musicology from Harvard University.
An authority on Polynesian music and dance traditions (Hawai'i and Tahiti
in particular), Dr. Stillman is the author of Sacred Hula: The Historical
Hula 'Ala'apapa, and more than twenty articles appearing in such publications
as Ethnomusicology, Hawaiian Journal of History, Journal of American Folklore
and Music Library Association Notes. She has been a site visitor and panel
juror for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for
the Humanities, and the Ford Foundation. Dr. Stillman is also actively involved
in community projects and advocacy among the Hawaiian and Pacific Islander
communities in southern California; she serves as Facilitator to Kulia i ka
Punawai (Kumu Hula Association of Southern California), and board member of
National Pacific Islanders in Education Network.
Number of Theses/Dissertations Supervised in
Past 5 Years: 7 MA, 1 PhD
Ethnomusicology, Dance Ethnology, Pacific Islands performance traditions
Taught: Introduction to World Music, Music in the Pacific
Field Research: Tahiti 2 years, Mangareva 2 months, Austral Islands 2 months,
Hawaii 20 years
"Passed from the Past: Women and the Perpetuation of Hawaiian Music and
Hula." In Asian/Pacific Islander American Women: An Historical Anthology,
ed. Shirley Hune and Gail M. Nomura, pp. 205-218. New York: New York U Press.
the People Who Love the Land: Vernacular History in the Poetry of Modern Hawaiian
Hula.” Amerasia 28/3, 85-108.
Archival Poetic Repertoire for Hawaiian Hula." In Handle With Care: Engagement
and Responsibility in the Return of Ethnographic Materials, ed. Sjoerd Jaarsma.
ASAO Monograph Series. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.
the History of Hawaiian Hula." In Cultural Memory: Re-Configuring History
and Identity in the Pacific, ed. Jeannette Mageo, pp. 187-204. Honolulu: U
of Hawaii Press.
Hula: The Hula Ala'apapa in Historical Perspective. Bulletin in Anthropology
8. Honolulu: Bishop Museum Press.
Hula Competitions: Event, Repertoire, Performance, Tradition." Journal
of American Folklore 109/434, 1-24.
and Honors: 2002: Harold R. Johnson Diversity
Service Award. University of Michigan; 2002: Overall Judge, 80th Kamehameha
Schools Song Contest. Honolulu; 2002: Grand Marshall, Pacific Islander Festival.
Los Angeles, California.
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