Stephen Martin, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor of Music & International Studies
Professor Martin teaches courses in music history and ethnomusicology at PSU. His broad academic background includes degrees in English Literature, Music History and Ethnomusicology, in which he holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Prior to his tenure at PSU, he held teaching positions at Grinnell College, the University of Washington, Yale University, and the University of Alabama.
Dr. Martin's research interests include the music of Africa (he was a Fulbright Scholar to Tanzania in 1976), American musical traditions, nineteenth-century German Romanticism in music and literature. He has produced numerous publications, including articles in the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, the Journal for Ethnomusicology, the Hartford Studies in Literature, the Journal of African Studies, and, most recently, a chapter in the Garland Handbook of African Music.
As an active member of the Society for Ethnomusicology and the American Musicological Society, he has presented papers, chaired panels, and served as an Officer and Board member of both national and regional chapters of these organizations. For several years, Dr. Martin has been a consultant for the
National Endowment for the Arts, for which he has chaired numerous grants panels and conducted over a dozen site visits to NEA projects around the country.
Though he grew up in innercity Philadelphia, Dr. Martin thinks of himself as a country boy at heart. During his last sabbatical, he built a barn on his summer ranch in northern Idaho, where he intends to retire, write, and raise organic grass-fed cattle