Assistant Professor of Music

Junko Oba

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Junko Oba
Assistant Professor of Music
Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies
Mail Code MB
Junko Oba
Music and Dance Building 104
413.559.6896
Junko Oba, assistant professor of music, holds a B.A. from International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan and an M.A. from Wesleyan University, where she was trained as an ethnomusicologist and sound recordings archivist.

She teaches ethnomusicology, popular music studies, music theory, and Asian studies courses. Her research interests include traditional and contemporary Japanese music cultures; performative identity politics in Asian diasporas, especially in Brazilian expatriate communities in Japan; national and nationalized identity performances in the trans- and post-national world; music and collective memory construction; and organology and music instruments building.

As a musician, she trained to perform piano, koto (Japanese long zither), and jiuta shamisen (Japanese long-necked lute). At Hampshire, she has been playing viola da gamba in an ensemble in the Five College Early Music Program.

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