John Troutman

John Troutman


Ph.D., History, The University of Texas at Austin, 2004
M.A., American Indian Studies, The University of Arizona, 1997
B.A., Anthropology, Emory University, 1995

Research Specialties: 

History of American Music, U.S. Popular Culture, Native American and Indigenous Studies


2017 Sounding American Music, National Museum of American History

Awards, Honors, and Special Recognition: 
  • 2017 Lawrence W. Levine Award for Best Book in American Cultural History, for Kīkā Kila, Organization of American Historians
  • 2017 Woody Guthrie Award for the Most Outstanding Book on Popular Music, for Kīkā Kila, IASPM-US.
  • 2017 Award for Best Historical Research in Recorded Popular Music, for Kīkā Kila, Association for Recorded Sound Collections
  • 2017 Music in American Culture Award, for Kīkā Kila, American Musicological Society
  • 2017 Sally and Ken Owens Award for Best Book on the History of the Pacific West, for Kīkā Kila, Western History Association
  • 2011 W. Turrentine Jackson Prize for a First Book on Any Aspect of the American West, for Indian Blues, Western History Association 
Professional Affiliations: 
  • American Historical Association
  • National Council on Public History
  • Organization of American Historians
  • Western History Association
  • Native American and Indigenous Studies Association


Kika Kila: How the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Changed the Sound of Modern Music. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2016.
Indian Blues: American Indians and the Politics of Music, 1879-1934. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2009.