Jonathan Ritter is an associate professor of music and the director of the Latin American Studies Program at the University of California Riverside. He is an ethnomusicologist whose research focuses on the indigenous and Afro-Hispanic musical cultures of Andean South America. At UCR, he teaches numerous courses on Native American, Latin American, and other musical traditions, and is the director of Mayupatapi, the UCR Andean Music Ensemble. Ritter received his M.A. and Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from UCLA, and his B.A. in American Indian Studies from the University of Minnesota.