Sam-Ang Sam received his B.A. & M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Music Composition and Ethnomusicology from Connecticut College and Wesleyan University respectively. Dr. Sam has taught at Cornish College of the Arts, the University of Washington, and the Royal University of Fine Arts (Cambodia). From 2001-2002, he was in residence at the National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka, Japan as a visiting scholar. Presently, Dr. Sam serves as Advisor to the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, and he is Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Letters, and Humanities of Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia. He is a recording artist and has written and published several articles and books on various aspects of Khmer culture. His prestigious honors include the US National Heritage Award and the John D. and Catherine T. McArthur “Genius Award.”

For the past several years, Dr. SAM has conducted ethnographic research on cultures of the ethnic groups in Cambodia on which his book entitled “Music in the Lives of the Indigenous Ethnic Groups in Northeast Cambodia” (2010) was published by the PUC University Press.