- Identity in relation to social power
- Race, class, and ethnicity
- Gender and sexuality
- Cultural ownership
2021. “Nikolina” (Library of Congress National Recording Registry)
2020. Social Partner Dance: Body, Sound, and Space
2020. “Geographies of Gender: Social Politics of the Partner Dance Venue”
2015. "Introduction: The New Old Europe Sound"
2015. "Welcome to Räfven Village: On Musical Claims to Multicultural Identity"
2014. "Just Exotic Enough: Swedish Chamber Klezmer as Postnational World Music and Mid-East Proxy"
2014. "Total Rhythm in Three Dimensions: Towards a Motional Theory of Melodic Dance Rhythm in Swedish Polska Music."
2012. "Keeping Sweden Swedish: Folk Music, Right-Wing Nationalism, and the Immigration Debate"
2012. Swedish Folk Music in the Twenty-First Century: On the Nature of Tradition in a Folkless Nation
2011. "Gender and Sexuality in the Polska: Swedish Couple Dancing and the Challenge of Egalitarian Flirtation"
2007. "The Zorn Trials and the Jante Law: On Shining Musically in the Land of Moderation
David Kaminsky is an ethnomusicologist with interests in music and dance as they relate to issues of cultural ownership, social power, race, class, gender, sexuality, and national identity. He works on folk music and dance in Sweden, and on social partner dancing in Sweden and the United States. He is the only American ever to be honored with the title of National Folk Musician of Sweden. Kaminsky received his bachelors in music from Macalester College in 1997, and his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Harvard University in 2005. He has also studied folk dance pedagogy at the Eric Sahlström Institute in Tobo, Sweden. Before coming to Merced, he taught at Earlham College, The McNally Smith College of Music, The College of William and Mary, Harvard University, and Tufts University. Kaminsky joined UC Merced in 2012. At UC Merced he has worked on developing the curriculum for the Global Arts Studies Major, and on innovative new ways to teach music theory within that curriculum. He also serves as director of the UC Merced Hop Cats. Kaminsky’s most recent book publication is a general theory of partner dancing entitled Social Partner Dance: Body, Sound, and Space (New York: Routledge, 2020), the first chapter of which can be downloaded here. His current research project is a study of modern blues dancing. You can read his blog on media literacy and politics at https://pop-o-litics.com.