Sean Williams

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Current Faculty, The Evergreen State College
B.A., University of California at Berkeley
M.A. and Ph.D., University of Washington at Seattle


Sean Williams


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Biographical Note

Sean was raised in Berkeley, California and currently teaches ethnomusicology, Irish Studies, and Asian Studies at Evergreen. She has spent considerable time in Asia and Europe, and her publications (books, articles, reviews, CD liner notes, etc.) reflect this dual focus.

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Latest Publication Title

Bright Star of the West: Joe Heaney, Irish Song Man, Oxford University Press, 2011

Additional Publications

The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, Southeast Asia (Routledge, 1998)
The Sound of the Ancestral Ship: Highland Music of West Java (Oxford University Press, 2001)
The Ethnomusicologists' Cookbook: Complete Meals from Around the World (Routledge, 2005)
The Garland Handbook of Southeast Asian Music (Routledge, 2009)
Focus: Irish Traditional Music (Routledge, 2010)

Her academic articles have been published in The World of Music, The Asian Music Journal, The New Hibernia Review, The Yearbook for Traditional Music, Current Musicology, and others. She is currently writing a world music textbook for Pearson Education/Prentice Hall (forthcoming 2012).