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Heather MacLachlan

Associate Professor; Coordinator of Ethnomusicology Program

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Music


Phone: 937-229-3915
FH 471


Heather MacLachlan is an ethnomusicologist whose research focuses on music-making among Burmese populations - both inside Burma and in the diaspora - and on American popular music. She has conducted fieldwork in Yangon, Burma, on the Thai-Burma border, and in refugee communities in Indiana. She has presented her work at the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, at the Universite de Provence in France, and at numerous other universities in the United States and Canada. Dr. MacLachlan has published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in a variety of scholarly sources including American Music, Asian Music, the Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, and the Journal of American Culture.

Currently, Dr. MacLachian is researching the international LGBT choral movement. Prior to commencing her academic career, Dr. MacLachlan spent a decade teaching music in the public school system in her native Canada. She speaks English, French and Burmese, and has taught in each of these languages at various times. Before coming to the University of Dayton, Dr. MacLachlan taught at Cornell University and at Syracuse University. You may contact Dr. MacLachlan directly by email:


Ph.D., Cornell, 2009