Justin R. Hunter

Justin R. Hunter

Instructor, Musicology

Director of Admissions and Operations

(ARSC)-Arts & Sciences


Phone: 479-575-4908

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Justin R. Hunter is an ethnomusicologist specializing in Indigenous studies, Japanese studies, and Ozark music of Arkansas. He received his PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and his BA and MM from the University of Arkansas. 

His previous research focused on an historical ethnomusicological study of Western military music in Japan prior to the rise of the Meiji Restoration (1868). This work was presented at both international and national conferences. His dissertation research looked at contemporary understanding of music and dance practices of the Indigenous Ainu of Japan. His dissertation, "Vitalizing Traditions: Ainu Music and Dance and the Discourse of Indigeneity," attempts to position a study with an Ainu-centric focus to highlight the propelling work in the arts by Ainu communities while questioning binary understandings of such terms as "authenticity," "tradition," and even "Indigenous." This research has been presented at numerous national conferences including the Society for Ethnomusicology and the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association. 

His most recent research centers on his adopted home of Northwest Arkansas and to Ozark culture and music. Dr. Hunter is interested in continuation of tradition and community support of Ozark music throughout the region, but specifically in Mountain View, Arkansas. Additionally, he is interested in ideas of race, inclusion, and invented traditions in American folk musics.

Dr. Hunter has served as a member of the Society for Ethnomusicology advisory council and in leadership roles for numerous special interest groups, sections, and committees for the society. He currently serves as the co-chair of the Japanese Performing Arts Special Interest Group and the secretary of the Indigenous Music Section. He has book reviews in Ethnomusicology Forum and the journal Notes. He is an alumnus of the Alpha Omicron chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda in 2009 at the University of Arkansas campus. 

Ethnomusicology, Indigenous studies, Asian studies, globalization, historical ethnomusicology, martial music, Ozark music and culture

MLIT 1003H - Honors Experiencing Music
MUSY 2003/H - Music in World Cultures
MUHS 4523 - Music and Globalization
MUHS 477V - Directed Studies in Ethnomusicology

B.A., University of Arkansas
M.M., University of Arkansas
Ph.D., University of Hawai‘i at Manoa