Department of Music and the College
The core issue animating Anna C. Schultz’s research in India and beyond is music’s power to activate profound religious experiences that, in turn, shape other identities. Her work explores nationalism in western Indian Hindu temple performance, gendered translation in Indian Jewish song, diasporic longing in Indo-Caribbean American Hinduism, and rural-urban collisions in the devotional songs of an Indian classical singer. More recently, she has begun turning her attention toward issues of race and migration in American popular musics.
Her first monograph, Singing a Hindu Nation (Oxford University Press, 2013), charts the nationalist interventions of western Indian devotional performers from the late 19th through early 21st centuries. Her second book project, Songs of Translation: Bene Israel Performance from India to Israel (under contract with Oxford University Press), explores gender and cultural translation in the devotional songs of the Bene Israel, a Marathi-speaking Jewish people from western India.
Schultz is a recipient of the American Musicological Society’s H. Colin Slim Award, for her co-authored article, “Sentimental Remembrance and the Amusements of Forgetting in Karl and Harty’s ‘Kentucky.’” Her research has been supported by fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Hellman Foundation, Fulbright-Hays, the American Association of University Women, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the University of Illinois, and Stanford University. She holds a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.