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The interests of our ethnomusicology and historical musicology students are wide-ranging historically and globally.


Nathinee Chucherdwatanasak, Historical Musicology

Research Interests

Southeast Asian contemporary composers, American-Asian composers, 21st-century music

Kristen Clough, Historical Musicology

Research Interests

20th century France with a special focus on vocal and stage music

Casper Chan, Ethnomusicology

Kathryn B. Cox, Historical Musicology

Research Interests

Popular music, 1960s-1980s British rock, late 19th/early 20th century music, Indian classical music, affect theory, and music and memory

Lisa Decenteceo, Ethnomusicology

Research Interests

Music of the Philippines and the intellectual and epistemology of post-colonial, Non-western ethnomusicology

Jessica H. Grimmer, Historical Musicology

Research Interests

20th century France, Orientalism, the Conservatoire system under Vichy, and the intersection of politics in music more broadly

Anne Heminger, Historical Musicology

Research Interests

Music as ritual, particularly Renaissance music and sacred music during the Reformation with a focus on early sixteenth century England

Michaela Judkins, Historical Musicology

Meredith Juergens, Historical Musicology

Research Interests

20th century music and transnationalism, American music with a particular emphasis on stage works from 1920 and 1950, music and dance, and music as performance

Ho-Chak Law, Ethnomusicology

Research Interests

Chinese music history and theory, Chinese instrumental music in the 20th century and onward, Chinese opera, Chinese musical notations, film music, Javanese gamelan, theories of ethnicity and nationalism, and media technologies

Lena Leson, Historical Musicology

Elizabeth McLain, Historical Musicology

Working Dissertation Title

Catholic, Nonconformist, Surrealist, Artist: Olivier Messiaen’s Intellectual World and Aesthetic Agenda in the 1930s

Research Interests

Oliver Messiaen, 20th century music, France, and Music & Spirituality

James McNally, Ethnomusicology

Research Interests

Popular music in Brazil and the United States, with special focuses on experimental music and theories of race, nation, globalization, and media.

Patricia Josette Moss, Historical Musicology

Research Interests

19th century German music, Opera, Richard Strauss with a special focus on the Third Reich and the Second World War

Rhianna Nissen, Historical Musicology

Richard Smith, Ethnomusicology

Austin Stewart, Historical Musicology

Conner Vanderbeek, Ethnomusicology

Alyssa Wells, Historical Musicology

Kai West, Historical Musicology

ChuYi Zhu, Ethnomusicology


For more information on our current students, please visit the University of MIchigan Society for Music Research website.

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