Skip to Main Content

bullhorn iconFor FAQs and current status of services and policies see UW Libraries Operations Updates

Research Guides


Welcome. See below for an overview of the variety of roles I play at UW. Please send me an email if you think I can help you with your research or projects: 

  • As archivist for the UW Ethnomusicology Archives I steward over 50,000 unique recordings and films that document international, national, and regional music traditions. Much of my work revolves around access, preservation, and digital repatriation. The Archives is also home to the Seattle Sounds Archiving Project (SSAP), a sub-archive of local music that includes the Kearney Barton, Crocodile Cafe, and 206 Hip Hop collections. 
  • As affiliate assistant professor in Ethnomusicology, I facilitate the exploration of subjects across disciplinary boundaries. As part of this I support undergraduate independent studies, serve on graduate student MA and PhD defense committees, and offer courses in Honors, Cinema and Media Studies, and Ethnomusicology. Learn more about my teaching here.
  • Between September 2022 and August 2025, I'm UW Project Lead for the CLIR-funded and WSU-led Native Northwest Online: Connecting Communities and Collections through Collaborative Curation 
  • Outside of UW I'm involved with a handful of archive and digital humanities related projects, such as: 
    • Research Fellow for Sound Submissions, a digital humanities program in the Recorded Sound Section of the Library of Congress' National Audio-Visual Conservation Center.
    • Member and former chair of the Society for Ethnomusicology Archiving Special Interest Group.
    • Consultant for the NEH-funded "America’s Music Scenes in the Age of Social Media" project. 

Library Guides


Profile Photo
John Vallier
University of Washington
Suzzallo Box 352900
Seattle, WA 98195-2900
(206) 616-1210
Subjects: Music & Audio

More Help