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Majors & Degrees

Peter Hoesing

Peter Hoesing

Peter Hoesing

Associate Vice President for Research & Economic Development


Ph.D., Musicology - Florida State University, 2011
M.M., Musicology - Florida State University, 2006
B.A., Music and African Studies - Luther College, 2003


Office Location: Madison Cyber Labs
Phone: (605) 256-5100

  • 2021 - Spotlight Documentary Film Awards, Silver Award for “Birth of an Ancestor”
  • 2019 John Robinson Award, Society for Research Administrators International
  • 2016 Exemplary Teacher Award, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, United Methodist Church

  • 2021 - Certified Research Administrator, Research Administrators Certification Council

  • 2022 - co-PI, “Speaking of Health” visiting author series, SD Humanities Council Grant
  • 2021 - PI, “Shaping Medical Humanities in South Dakota,” SD Humanities Council Special Summer Grant
  • 2015-16 UNCF Henry C. McBay Research Fellowship
    PI, South Carolina Arts Commission Folk and Traditional Arts Grant
  • 2015 Claflin University Global Leadership Program Grant, Uganda
  • 2015 PI, Claflin University Research Infrastructure Seed Grant
  • 2014 Claflin University Center for Excellence in Teaching summer grant PI, Claflin University Research Infrastructure Seed Grant
  • 2008-2010 Research and Travel Grants, Smith Educational Trust, Uganda
  • 2007 Krebs Foundation Summer Research Grant for Intermediate Luganda


  • Kusamira Music in Uganda: Spirit Mediumship and Ritual Healing, University of Illinois Press, 2021.
Ethnographic Documentary Film
  • “Birth of an Ancestor: Songs of Death and Social Responsibility in Eastern Uganda,” a documentary film [video/DVD]. Alexandria, VA: ProQuest/Alexander Street Press, 2020. Trailer: http://bit.ly/AncestorFilm
Refereed articles
  • Franz, Levi, Jeremy Kurdna, Peter Hoesing, and Mark Garry, “Perioperative Anesthetics and Adjuvant Anxiolytics for Cataract Surgery Patients.” Aesculapius, July 20, 2021.