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Alan Burdette is responsible for the management of the Archives of Traditional Music, an audiovisual archive that documents music and culture from all over the world. His duties include, but are not limited to, collection development for the Archives and providing leadership in strategic planning. Alan also serves as Project Director of the EVIA Digital Archive Project, a collaborative endeavor to create a digital archive of ethnographic field video for use by scholars and instructors.
Alan’s research interests include ethnomusicology, American vernacular musics, and performance studies. He teaches F351/652, American Regional and Ethnic Musics, in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology and serves on the National Recording Preservation Board of the Library of Congress.
Alan earned his Ph.D. in 1997 and his M.A. in 1993, both from Indiana University, and his B.M. from Ball State University in 1988. Prior to assuming his current position at IU, he served as Executive Director of the Society for Ethnomusicology.