Dr. Mary T. Lacanlale

Mary Lacanlale

Department Chair, Associate Professor

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Dr. Lacanlale is an ethnomusicologist whose research interests include race/ethnicity, transnationalism, postcolonialism, popular culture, Asian Americans, Filipino Americans, and the Philippines. She was awarded a PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles in Ethnomusicology and was a Fulbright (IIE) Scholar to the Philippines, Ford Dissertation Fellow, a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellow, and a Mellon Postdoctoral Associate at Tufts University. She performs on Philippine gongs with the Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble. Dr. Lacanlale recieved the Catherine H. Jacobs Outstanding Faculty Lecturer Award in 2017 and the Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Award in 2022.

Recent Publications:

Talusan, Mary and Bernard Ellorin. 2024. “Reframing & Reclaiming Kulintang Music: Countering Written History with Contemporary Reality.” In Media and Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines, edited by Jason Telles. London: Palgrave Macmillan (Palgrave Series in Asia and Pacific Studies). (peer-reviewed)

Talusan, Mary. 2023. Filipinos in Greater Boston. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Press.

Talusan, Mary and Theodore S. Gonzalves, co-producers. 2021. Kulintang Kultura: Danongan Kalanduyan and Gong Music of the Philippine Diaspora. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings SFW CD 40593, 2-set compact disc.

Talusan, Mary. 2021. Instruments of Empire: Filipino Musicians, Black Soldiers, and Military Band Music during U.S. Colonization of the Philippines. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi. (peer-reviewed)

Talusan, Mary. 2021. “Filipino Festivals in Southern California” in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History. New York: Oxford University Press. (peer-reviewed)

Talusan, Mary. 2021. “Tradition and Innovation in the Dayunday Courtship Drama of the Magindanao, Muslim Filipinos from the Southern Philippines,” Routledge Handbook of Asian Music: Cultural Intersections. London: Routledge. (peer-reviewed)

Lipat-Chesler, Eleanor, and Mary Talusan, eds. 2020. Our Culture Resounds, Our Future Reveals: A Legacy of Filipino American Performing Arts in California Los Angeles: Ube Arte.