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CSMC Poster (decorative, all information included on webpage)Curated by students in the Department’s musicology Ph.D. program, this lecture series invites distinguished music scholars from around the world to present new research in musicology and its related fields.

2020 – 2021 CSMC Series

January 15, 2021 | Jessica Swanston Baker, Assistant Professor of Music, University of Chicago

  • Jessica Swanston Baker is an ethnomusicologist and assistant professor at the University of Chicago with a focus on popular music of the Circum-Caribbean. Her research interests include tempo and aesthetics, coloniality, decolonization, and race/gender and respectability. She is currently working on a book project entitled The Aesthetics of Speed: Music and the Modern in St. Kitts and Nevis. Her article “Black Like Me: Caribbean Tourism and the St. Kitts Music Festival” was published in Ethnomusicology in 2016.

February 5, 2021 | Olivia Bloechl, Professor of Musicology, University of Pittsburgh

  • Olivia Bloechl is Professor of Musicology at the University of Pittsburgh, and her interests are varied and wide-ranging. Often thought of as a European early modern scholar, she has also addressed issues of race and gender politics, colonization, and postcolonialism in studies of early Native American music and French opera before 1800. Bloechl has released three books: Native American Song at the Frontiers of Early Modern Music (2008), Rethinking Difference in Music Scholarship (edited volume, 2015), and Opera and the Political Imaginary in Old Regime France. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, Opera Quarterly, Early Music, and the Journal of Popular Music Studies.

February 26, 2021 | Miki Kaneda, Assistant Professor of Music, Musicology, and Ethnomusicology, Boston University

  • An assistant professor teaching at Boston University, Miki Kaneda researches transcultural crossing between musics of Japan and America; race, gender, power, and colonization in the avant garde; and popular music scenes of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The Unexpected Collectives: Transpacific Musical Experimentalisms, her current book project, uses ethnography and historical musicology through intermedia to examine transpacific cultural and musical exchange and power dynamics between Japanese and American musicians in the 1960s. Kaneda is also a founding co-editor of MoMA’s online exhibition space ( She has held fellowships at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University and the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University.

April 9, 2021 | Philip Ewell, Associate Professor of Music Theory, Hunter College, CUNY

  • James W. Pruett Lecture in Music and Culture
  • An associate professor and performing cellist at the Hunter College at CUNY, music theorist Philip Ewell’s work centers on critical race theory, harmony and mode in Russian music, and popular music studies. He is also in the process of publishing a series of blog posts entitled Music Theory’s White Racial Frame: Confronting Racism and Sexism in American Music Theory. His book, Kaleidoscope of Cultures: A Celebration of Multicultural Research and Practice, appeared in 2010, and Ewell has since been a frequent publisher of academic articles (in Popular Music, Music Theory Spectrum, and Contemporary Musicology, among others) and edited volumes (Hip Hop at Europe’s Edge and Stravinsky in Context, forthcoming).