Institut für Musikforschung

    Prof. Dr. Juniper Hill

    Professor and Chair of Ethnomusicology


    Tel. +49 931 31-82952


    Juniper Hill is an Ethnomusicologist with secondary specializations in Music Education and Performance Practice Studies. Originally from California, she holds a B.A. with High Honors in Music and Latin American Studies from Wesleyan University (1998), and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, Los Angeles (2001, 2005). She is the recipient of a Marie Curie Intra-European Research Fellowship (2012-2013), two Fulbright Fellowships (2011, 2002-2003), an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship (2007-2008), and a University of California Faculty Fellowship (2005-2006), among other awards. She has held lecturer positions at the University College Cork (2009-2017), the University of California (2005-2007) and Pomona College (2006), and she has held research affiliations with the University of Cambridge (2012-2016), the AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice (2012-2014), the University of Cape Town (2011-2014), the Sibelius Academy (2002-2013), the University of Bamberg (2007-2008), and the University of San Francisco in Quito, Ecuador (1999-1997).

    Prof. Hill has conducted extensive cross-cultural and cross-idiomatic research on creative agency. She examines how multiple cultural and sociopolitical factors – including postcolonial and economic inequalities, cultural beliefs and values, and formal and informal learning methods – shape the extent to which musicians acquire or fail to acquire the capacity, motivation, and authority to be creative. She has also studied the transnational power dynamics at play in intercultural musical appropriations and fusions, as well as how music revivals selectively engage and reimagine the past in order to serve contemporary cultural and political agendas. On these topics she has conducted fieldwork in South Africa, Finland, the United States, and Ecuador. She has published twenty essays in the journals Ethnomusicology, Revue de Musicologie, Ethnomusicology Forum, Musiikin Suunta, Pacific Review of Ethnomusicology, and Yearbook for Traditional Music and in numerous edited volumes. Her books include Becoming Creative: Insights from Musicians in a Diverse World and The Oxford Handbook of Music Revival (co-edited with Dr. Caroline Bithell).

    Prof. Hill's teaching repertoire includes Music in Culture and Society, World Music, History and Theory of Ethnomusicology, Ethnography and Qualitative Research Methods, Narratives of South African Music, Latin American Music, Finnish Music from Ancient to Avant-Garde, American Folk Music, Improvisation in Cross-Cultural Perspective, Gender and Sexuality in Traditional and Popular Musics, and Music Revival. She has also taught performance courses in Andean music and dance, American shape note singing (listen to the community group formed by her former students at the Cork Sacred Harp Singers’ YouTube channel), and an improvisation-based performance laboratory called Creatively Courageous.

    Research Interests

    • creative agency and improvisation
    • globalization, postcolonialism, intercultural power dynamics, and cross-cultural appropriations
    • revival
    • pedagogy, musician training, conservatory culture, institutionalization, and community music
    • urban ethnomusicology and applied ethnomusicology
    • performance practice