|Born||Katherine Johanna Hagedorn
(1961-10-16)October 16, 1961 Summit, New Jersey, U.S.
|Died||November 12, 2013(2013-11-12) (aged 52)|
|Alma mater||B.A. Tufts University, Spanish, Russian and English studies, minor in classical piano; Johns Hopkins University, master's degree, international relations; Brown University, master's and PhD in ethnomusicology|
|Occupation||Ethnomusicologist, Santeria priestess|
|Known for||Research on Afro-Cuban religious and folkloric performance|
|Board member of||National Society for Ethnomusicology|
|Parent(s)||Fred and Grace Hagedorn|
|Awards||White House fellow; California Professor of the Year award, 2000; Mellon New Directions Fellowship; Alan Merriam Prize, 2002|
Katherine Johanna Hagedorn (October 16, 1961 – November 12, 2013) was an ethnomusicologist, born in Summit, New Jersey to a white family, who became a traditional Cuban drummer and Santeria priestess.
She spent her career as a Professor of Music at Pomona College in Claremont, California, where she directed the Ethnomusicology Program, served as co-coordinator of the Gender & Women’s Studies Program, and became an associate dean.
She also served as a "scholar-in-residence at Harvard University’s Center for the Study of World Religions and as a visiting professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara."
There, she was initiated as a Santería priestess.
Her classes were described as "emphatically participatory, not to mention loud."
Her best known work is Divine Utterances: The Performance of Afro-Cuban Santería.
Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katherine Hagedorn.