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Heather MacLachlan

Associate Professor; Coordinator of Ethnomusicology Program

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Music


Email: Heather MacLachlan
Phone: 937-229-3915
FH 471


  • Ph.D., Cornell, 2009


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 is the author of Singing Out: GALA Choruses and Social Change (University of Michigan Press, 2020) and Burma’s Popular Music Industry: Creators, Distributors, Censors (University of Rochester Press, 2011). In addition, Dr. MacLachlan has published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in a variety of scholarly sources including American Music, Asian Music, the Journal of Burma Studies, and the Journal of American Culture.

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.