Robin P. Harris
Robin P. Harris is the president of the International Council of Ethnodoxologists (ICE). In addition, she enjoys serving as assistant professor and coordinator for the MA in World Arts at the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL) in Dallas, Texas. She has been on loan since 2010 from Operation Mobilization for her roles in Dallas.
Robin grew up in Alaska, daughter of missionaries who served among Native Americans there for twenty years. After graduation as a music major from Biola University in 1983, she began cross-cultural service with her husband, Bill, first in Alaska, then Canada, and eventually for a decade in the Russian North. Their years in Siberia included focused work among the Sakha, a minority group whose epic narrative song-story genre olonkho eventually became the focus of Robin’s PhD dissertation from the University of Georgia Athens. Prior to her doctoral studies, she earned MAs in Intercultural Studies (Columbia International University) and Ethnomusicology (Bethel University). In addition to her leadership role in ICE, she has actively participated for a number of years in the Applied Ethnomusicology sections of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) and the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM).
Robin’s mission in life is to celebrate and reflect God’s glory through the arts, spoken and written communication, and in leading, mentoring, and learning from others—all with the goal of bringing more worshipers into his Kingdom. To that end, she seeks to find and/or create beauty every day, and enjoys the opportunities God gives her for speaking, teaching, writing, and investing in the lives of students and other ethnodoxologists around the world. The Harrises’ two grown children, James and Katherine, are also involved in the arts and kingdom service.