Mary Talusan Lacanlale, Ph. D.

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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. She 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 gives workshops and performances on the Philippine kulintang ensemble and adjudicates the annual "Filipino Americans Got Talent" competition in Carson, CA.

Selected Publications:

Mary Talusan (Lacanlale) publishes and should be cited as “Mary Talusan.”

“Muslim Filipino Traditions in Filipino American Popular Culture,” chapter in Muslims and American Popular Culture, Anne Rypstat Richards and Iraj Omidvar, eds. New York: Praeger, 2014.

“Marching to ‘Progress’: Music, Race, and Imperialism at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair,” chapter in Mixed Blessing: The Impact of the American Colonial Experience on Politics and Society in the Philippines edited by Hazel M. McFerson. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2013.

Entries for “Eleanor Academia,” “Jerome Fontamillas,” “Danongan Kalanduyan,” and “Susie Ibarra,” in The Grove Dictionary of American Music, edited by Charles Hiroshi Garrett. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

“From Rebel Songs to Moro Songs: Martial Law and Muslim Filipino Protest.” Special issue of “Music Hybridities” in Humanities Diliman Journal 7(1): 85-110, 2010.

“Gendering the Philippine Brass Band: Women of the Ligaya Band and National University Band, 1920s-1930s.” Musika Jornal 5: 33-56, 2009.

“Music, Race, and Imperialism: The Philippine Constabulary Band at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair.” Philippine Studies Quarterly 52(4): 499-526, 2004.

Cultural Localization and Transnational Flows: Music in the Magindanaon Communities of the Philippines, Ph.D. dissertation, University of California, Los Angeles, 2005. (Access the accompanying CD and DVDs at UCLA’s Ethnomusicology Archive.)

Reconstructing Identity: Appropriation and Representation of Kulintang Music in the United States,M.A. thesis, University of California, Los Angeles, 1999.

In 2017, Dr. Lacanlale won the Catherine H. Jacobs Outstanding Faculty Lecturer Award.
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