Kristina M. Jacobsen, associate professor of Ethnomusicology and Anthropology (Ethnology) at The University of New Mexico, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnomusicology. Jacobsen holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University. "This grant allows me to live in Sardinia, Italy, for one year to do ethnographic fieldwork for my next book project.
When I was 17, I worked as a summer park ranger at Canyon de Chelly National Monument, a park on tribal trust land on the Navajo reservation in northeastern Arizona. One evening, my supervisor invited me to a dance.
Interview with television station on The Sound of Navajo Country (2017), "Sardegna Uno," July 31 2017 (starts at 6:45)
Interview with journalist Nike Gagliardi on Ethnography and Songwriting in Sardegna (Italy), July 2017
The Sound of Navajo Country
Her teaching, research, and scholarship focus on music and language, anthropology of the voice, politics of authenticity, indigeneity and belonging, music of Native North America and the Appalachian mountains, race and musical genre, indigenous language revitalization and working class expressive cultures. Recent articles include “Radmilla’s Voice: Music Genre, Blood Quantum and Belonging on the Navajo Nation” (Cultural Anthropology, 2014) and “Rita(hhh): Placemaking and Country Music on the Navajo Nation” (Ethnomusicology, 2009).
Based on 2 ½ years of singing and playing with Navajo county western bands, her book, The Sound of Navajo Country: Country Music and the Politics of Language and Diné Belonging (2017), examines ideas of authenticity, nostalgia and cultural intimacy as they circulate in and through live performances of classic country music on today’s Navajo (Diné) Nation (for a brief interview about her research, watch this video by videographer Ivan Weiss).
Kristina is also an active singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. To learn more about her music, visit: kristinajacobsenmusic.com
Originally from western Massachusetts, Kristina now makes her home in Albuquerque, New Mexico.