Dr. Gordon Smith was appointed Interim Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Science in July 2016.
Dr. Smith received his BA, MA and PhD in musicology from the University of Toronto. He also holds the ARCT diploma in piano performance.
His research includes historic and current issues of representation in Canadian ethnomusicology. He was National Advisory Editor contributor to the 7th edition of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2001), and a contributor to The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music: The United States and Canada (2001). He has published articles in various journals, including The Canadian University Music Review, World of Music, American Music, Les Cahiers de la Société québécoise de la recherché en musique and The Canadian Journal for Traditional Music. He was also the editor of the Canadian Journal of Traditional Music from 2000-2006, oversaw the journal's transformation to a fully peer-reviewed publication, MUSICultures, in 2007, and was its Editor until 2011. He is co-editor of the book, Istvan Anhalt: Pathways and Memory (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2001), and is co-editor of Folk Music, Traditional Music, Ethnomusicology: Canadian Perspectives, Past and Present (Cambridge Scholar’s Publishing, 2007), Around and About Marius Barbeau: Modelling Twentieth-Century Culture (Mercury Series, Canadian Museum of Civilization, 2008) and Musical Traditions, Culture and Contexts (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2010).
Dr. Smith’s current research is focused on First Peoples’ music culture, with particular emphasis in music as social and religious practice in Mikmaw Communities in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Dr. Smith was Director of the School of Music (2003-2006) and was appointed Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s in 2006.