Profile profile for TroutmanJ

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

Research Specialties: 

History of Popular and Vernacular Music in the United States

History of Acoustic, Electric, and Hawaiian (Steel) Guitars

U.S. Popular Culture

Native American and Indigenous Studies



Project Director and Lead Curator, Entertainment Nation / Nación del Espectáculo, National Museum of American History (Opening in 2022)

Curator, Sounding American Music, National Museum of American History (2017-)



Awards, Honors, and Special Recognition: 
  • Lawrence W. Levine Award for Best Book in American Cultural History, for Kīkā Kila, Organization of American Historians
  • Woody Guthrie Award for the Most Outstanding Book on Popular Music, for Kīkā Kila, IASPM-US.
  • Award for Best Historical Research in Recorded Popular Music, for Kīkā Kila, Association for Recorded Sound Collections
  • Music in American Culture Award, for Kīkā Kila, American Musicological Society
  • Sally and Ken Owens Award for Best Book on the History of the Pacific West, for Kīkā Kila, Western History Association
  • 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.