Pamela Moro

Professor of Anthropology


  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley (Anthropology), 1988
  • M.A., University of California, Berkeley (Anthropology), 1983
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley (Music), 1981


Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion: an Anthropological Study of the Supernatural, co-editor with James Myers, 7th edition, McGraw-Hill Publishers. 2008. (556 pp.)

Thai Music and Musicians in Contemporary Bangkok, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Monograph No. 34, University of California, Berkeley, 1993. (271 pp.)

“Defining the classical in studies of South and Southeast Asian music: a review and evaluation of pertinent scholarship,” Accepted September 2004, E-AsPac (peer-reviewed electronic journal of Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast).

“Constructions of nation and the classicization of music: comparative perspectives from Southeast and South Asia,” Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 35(2):187-212, 2004.

“Elite music and nationalism: how does music become classical?” Newsletter of the International Institute for Asian Studies, the Netherlands, July 2003.

“Building a ‘one-person minor’: anthropology in cooperation with neighboring disciplines,” Federation of Small Anthropology Programs Newsletter 3(2):2-3, 1994.

“Teachers on tape: innovation and experimentation in teaching Thai music,” Balungan 5(1):15-20, 1991.

“Musical notation in Thailand,” Journal of the Siam Society 78:101-108, 1990.

“Thai music and attitudes towards the past,” Journal of American Folklore 102:190-194, 1989.

“Names and civil service titles of Siamese musicians,” Asian Music 19(2):82-92, 1988.

“‘Songs for life’: leftist Thai popular music in the 1970s,” Journal of Popular Culture 20(3):93-113, 1986.

Book Reviews

Commissioned book reviews have been published in the following periodicals:

  • Anthropological Forum
  • Crossroads: an Interdisciplinary Journal of Southeast Asian Studies
  • Indonesia
  • Journal of Asian Studies
  • Journal of American Folklore
  • Journal of Southeast Asian Studies
  • Journal of Third World Studies
  • Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association
  • Symbolic Interaction

Conference Papers

Papers have been presented at meetings of the following organizations:

  • American Anthropological Association
  • American Folklore Society
  • Association for Asian Studies
  • Council on Thai Studies
  • Society for American Music
  • Society for Ethnomusicology (national and regional)
  • Various regional and international Asian Studies organizations

Awards and Fellowships

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Award, 2007