University of Hawaii at Manoa

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R. Anderson Sutton, Dean

About the Dean

Since August 2013, R. Anderson Sutton has held dual administrative position at the University of Hawaʻi at Mānoa, serving as Dean of the School of Pacific and Asian Studies and Assistant Vice Chancellor for International and Exchange Programs. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Asia Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE) and as the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Senior Staff representative for the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU). For much of his career he served on the faculty of the School of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, beginning in 1982, after completing his doctorate at the University of Michigan. At Wisconsin he taught courses in ethnomusicology and directed the UW-Madison Javanese gamelan ensemble. He also served three terms as the director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Wisconsin, and co-directed a research circle on Media, Performance, and Identity in World Perspective from 1998-2004.

Dr. Sutton’s research interests have been Asia-focused. Beginning as a graduate student at the University of Hawaiʻi in the 1970s and continuing through much of his career at Wisconsin, he specialized in musical traditions of Central and East Java and, from the 1990s, the music and dance of South Sulawesi. He is the author of three books: Calling Back the Spirit: Music, Dance, and Cultural Politics in Lowland South Sulawesi (Oxford, 2002), Traditions of Gamelan Music in Java (Cambridge, 1991) and Variation in Central Javanese Gamelan Music (Northern Illinois, 1993). Since 2001 he has been devoting much of his research time to recent musical developments in South Korea, and was contributing editor for the two-volume series Perspectives on Korean Music (Ministry of Culture, 2010, 2011). In addition, he has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on music in Indonesia and Korea, including aspects of music television and musical hybridity in both countries.