Joshua Kalin Busman

Joshua Busman

Dr. Joshua Kalin Busman

Interim Assistant Dean of Esther G. Maynor Honors College and Assistant Professor

Hickory Hall,



Joshua Kalin Busman is an Assistant Professor who teaches music history and music theory in the UNCP Department of Music as well as seminars in the humanities as a faculty member of the Esther G. Maynor Honors College. A native of Knoxville, TN, he comes to North Carolina from just over the Great Smoky Mountains. In 2009, he graduated summa cum laude from Middle Tennessee State University with a B.M. in Music Theory and Composition. In 2011, he completed an M.A. in Musicology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a thesis focusing on sixteenth-century French Calvinist psalm-singing  In May 2015, he received his Ph.D. in Musicology from UNC Chapel Hill with a dissertation titled “(Re)Sounding Passion: Listening to American Evangelical Worship Music (1997-Present).” His dissertation examines pop- and rock-styled Christian worship music in American evangelicalism using ethnography, phenomenology, and post-structural analyses. More broadly, his research interests include music in religious communities, liturgical theology, mass-media, and identity politics in American popular music. Over the past several years, Joshua has presented his research at a host of regional, national, and international conferences and published work in "Sounding Board" from Ethnomusicology ReviewThe Avid ListenerMAKE Magazine The Other Journal, and The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology, as well as in edited collections from Routledge PressLexington Books, and a forthcoming collection from Bloomsbury Academic. Over the past two years, he has also served as president of the Society for Ethnomusicology's Southeast and Caribbean Chapter as well as the Religion, Music, and Sound study group. In addition to his academic work, Joshua also serves as “Music Nerd-in-Residence” for the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, connecting classical music to the broader public through his writing and speaking. He is also an active composer throughout the Cape Fear region with recent performances by the UNCP Percussion Ensemble, Sweet Tea Shakespeare, and as part of the Cape Fear New Music Festival at Methodist University. When he isn't reading, writing, or researching, Joshua likes to play guitar and hang out with his wife, son, and hound dog at their home in Fayetteville, NC.