Profile profile for TroutmanJ

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


2020 Entertaining America, National Museum of American History

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
  • American Alliance of Museums
  • Native American and Indigenous Studies Association


Kīkā 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.