Areas of Expertise:
musical anthropology | ethnomusicology | African music | African culture | Yoruba

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Christopher Waterman, professor of world arts and cultures, is an anthropologist, ethnomusicologist and musician who specializes in the study of music and culture in Africa and the Americas. Waterman has conducted extensive field research among the Yoruba people of Nigeria and is the author, co-author and editor of several books and textbooks published between 1990 and 2013.

In his capacity as a bassist, Waterman has performed with many noteworthy artists and in 1977 his group won the best small group award in the first Downbeat Student Jazz Poll. As a professor, his innovative course on world popular music was cited as “a music class worth taking” by Rolling Stone magazine in 1992.

Waterman served as dean of the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture from 2003 to 2015.

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