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Amy Horowitz

Amy Horowitz

Amy Horowitz

Senior Fellow & Director of GALACTIC, Center for the Study of the Middle East, Indiana University


1105 East Atwater
Bloomington, Indiana

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Amy Horowitz's career spans academic and public sectors. She was Program Director for A Global Assessment of the 1989 UNESCO Recommendation on the Safeguarding of Traditional Culture International Conference, co-hosted by the Smithsonian and UNESCO in 1998. She served as Assistant and Acting Director for Smithsonian Folkways Recordings where she received a Grammy as co-producer for the reissue of the Anthology of American Folk Music and supervised over eighty projects on locally situated global music. She was curator/researcher for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s Czech Republic, Music of Struggle, and Sacred Sounds and Jerusalem. Sweet Honey in the Rock credits her as central to their global reach.

At The Ohio State University’s Mershon Center for International Security Studies, Horowitz was Principal Investigator of Protest Music as Responsible Citizenship: A Conversation with Harry Belafonte, Pete Seeger, Bernice Johnson Reagon and Holly Near (additional materials for this project are available via the OSU Knowledge Bank), The Salaam Shalom Peace Project comprised of 5th grade students from local Muslim, Christian and Jewish Day Schools, and Living Jerusalem. She directed two symposia initiated by the Executive Dean of the College of Humanities: Negotiating Cultural Identities, Global Media, and International Security and Home and Away: Redefining Security under the Impact of Global Media.

Horowitz has taught courses on Human Rights and Social Movements, Music in Disputed Territories: The Cultural Implications of Globalization, and Living Jerusalem: Ethnography and Blog Bridging in Disputed Territory through the International Studies Program at Indiana University and Ohio State. She is interested in how global conflicts can be understood in local cultural terms. Her book, Mediterranean Israeli Music: The Politics of the Aesthetic won honorable mention in the Jordan Schnizter book award at the Association for Jewish Studies in 2010.

She is currently a Senior Fellow at Indiana University-Bloomington. You can view her IU profile here.


  • Excellence in Teaching Award, International Studies Program, Indiana University, 2011
  • Jordan Schnitzer Book Award, Honorable Mention for Mediterranean Israeli Music and the Politics of the Aesthetic, Association for Jewish Studies, 2010
  • Grammy Award, Anthology of American Folk Music, (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings), Co-Producer, 1997
  • International President, B’nai Brith Girls, 1970