Dr. Colleen Haas

Dr. Colleen Haas
Senior Instructor
History, Department of; Art & Design, Department of
Arts and Sciences, College of
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  • Ph.D. - Ethnomusicology, Indiana University - 2010
  • M.A. - Ethnomusicology, Indiana University - 2005
  • B.A. - Fine Art-Education, The College of St. Catherine - 1983

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Teaching Interests

  • History and Cultural Traditions from Africa and the African Diaspora (especially music, dance, art/art history, religion and orature.) Also have taught classes in International Studies, Intro to world Music and Culture, and Brazilian History and Culture.

Research Interests

  • Afro-Brazilian history, culture, religion and music / dissertation research: African liberation ideologies, contemporary social movements, youth, and Afro-Brazilian carnival music (20th-21st cent).<br>Diaspora theory and intellectual history of African Diaspora studies; Identity in the diaspora, black resistant practices; African expressive culture.

Dr. Colleen Haas received her doctorate in ethnomusicology from Indiana University and is part of the core faculty in the African and African American Studies program in the History Department at Indiana State University. Though trained in Western percussion, she has devoted over 20 years of study of West African and Brazilian percussion traditions with master teachers in the U.S. and abroad. Colleen also works as a professional musician and is a master teacher for the Smithsonian World Music Pedagogy Certification Programs around the U.S.

AFRI 222 African Cultural Traditions (FS)
AFRI 312 The African Diaspora (FS-UDIE, on-line)
AFRI 329/MUS 329 Music in Africa (FS-UDIE)
AFRI 334/ARTH 388 Intro to African Art
AFRI 399 Topics in Africana Studies
AFRI 496/ARTH 489 Topics in African Art
MUS 237 Intro to World Music and Culture

Ph.D. Ethnomusicology, Indiana University, /IIE Fulbright Scholar, minor: African Studies

M.A. Ethnomusicology, Indiana University

Orff-Schulwerk Level 1 Certification / Graduate Program at St. Thomas University, St. Paul, MN

Music Performance studies: Concert Percussion, Winona State University

Applied World Percussion Studies (various teachers and institutions in the U.S. and abroad)

B.A. Fine Art, The College of St. Catherine, minor: Education K-12


Africa and Afro-descendants, expressive culture and social movements; African and Afro-Brazilian music,  youth, identity, gender and innovations in school culture and cultural institutions.

Dissertation: The Artistry of Neguinho do Samba: Afro-Brazilian Girls and Samba-reggae Music in the Local Neighborhood

(In process) Music and Belonging: A Research-based, Multi-media Resource for Middle School Music Teachers, a curriculum guide for middle school teachers applying Brazilian music activities for international understanding while balancing music education  with social goals (i.e., supportive classrooms for increased social cohesion, anti-bullying initiatives, building school communities).

2018 Lotus World Music Festival Performance Artist /Lead Artist in residence for the Summer Visual Arts Outreach Program

2016 Faculty Award for Community-Based Learning and Scholarship, The Office of Academic Affairs, Indiana State University

African Music Teacher for the Community School for the Arts, Indiana University

Program coordination through African and African American Studies including hosting performance groups from Africa for the campus and the Terre Haute communities; and numerous presentations throughout the year on topics related to Africa and the Diaspora. Noted events include: Public lectures for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Lotus Music and Arts Foundation, Hands-on workshops with master musicians and dancers from Ghana.

Expressive culture and social movements in Africa and the Afrian diaspora

Afro-Brazilian religion, music

Innovations in pedagogy and inclusive excellence in higher education


The expressive arts and human development

Experiential Learning

Afro-Brazilian music