Bruno Nettl, professor emeritus of music and anthropology at the UI, has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Regarded as one of the world's leading authorities on ethnomusicology (the anthropological study of musical cultures), Nettl has done field work in Iran, Israel and India, and at the Blackfoot Indian Reservation in Montana. The topics he has studied range from the influence of Western music on non-Western musical cultures to the intellectual history of ethnomusicology in the United States.
Nettl has published more than a dozen books, including "The Study of Ethnomusicology" (UI Press, 1983), "Blackfoot Musical Thought: Comparative Perspectives" (Kent State University Press, 1989) and "Heartland Excursions: Ethnomusicological Reflections on Schools of Music (UI Press, 1995).
In addition to publishing widely, Nettl has served as president of the Society for Ethnomusicology and has edited its journal, Ethnomusicology. He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Chicago (1993) and the UI (1996).
Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is a learned society that honors achievement in science, scholarship, the arts and public affairs. Its membership totals some 3,500 fellows and 600 foreign honorary members.