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Garrett Field

Visiting Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology/Musicology


Garrett Field

Visiting Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology/Musicology

Garrett Field is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology/Musicology for the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and School of Music. He conducts research about Sinhalese lyricists and poets who lived in colonial and independent Sri Lanka. He also performs South Indian classical music and leads the Ohio University Indian Music Ensemble. Field has received support for his research from Ohio University’s Baker Fund Award, and the Fulbright-Hays Award.

Research Interests

Sri Lanka; Sinhala Art Song; Sinhala Poetry; Improvisation in South Indian Classical Music.


Forthcoming. “Sinhala Song in Colonial Ceylon and the Inner Domains of John De Silva and Munidasa Cumaratunga.” Journal of Asian Studies.

2013. “‘Handa Eliya’ (The Moonlight): Mahagama Sekera’s Experimental Prose.” Sagar: A South Asia Research Journal 21.

2012. “Commonalities of Creative Resistance: Regional Nationalism in Rapiyel Tennakoon’s Bat Language and Sunil Santha’s Song for the Mother Tongue.” The Sri Lanka Journal of the Humanities (38) 1/2.

2010. “From Threatened by Modernity to Reinvented by Modernity: The History of the History of Indian Classical Music 1980 – 2006.” Ethnomusicology Review 15.

Academic Workshops Organized

2013.”Wisi Wana Siyavasē Śrī Lankāwē Sarala Gītaya, Samāja Dēśapālana Wenasa, saha Sinhala Sāhitya Sanskrutiya” (Sinhala Light-Classical Song, Sociopolitical Change, and Sinhala Literary Culture in 20th Century Sri Lanka). Sinhala-language workshop of 15 participants. Sponsored by the American Institute of Sri Lankan Studies. Colombo, Sri Lanka. August 3.

Works in Progress

Sinhala Lyricists and Poets in Independent Sri Lanka: The Bandaranaike Era (current book project)

Educational Background:

Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Michigan; Master of Music, Wesleyan University; Doctor of Philosophy, Wesleyan University