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Members of KUIJSG

 

Philip Barnard, Associate Professor of English at KU, teaches US cultural history and contemporary cultural theory. Particular areas of interest include literary culture of the early republic, contemporary theory from poststructuralism to cultural studies, and popular music studies. He has recently published Revising Charles Brockden Brown: Culture, Politics, and Sexuality in the Early Republic (2004) and is working on projects on Western Swing and Texas Dance Hall culture.

Chuck Berg is Professor of Film at the University of Kansas. Chuck regularly teaches courses on American popular culture (including jazz). His publications include the often-cited, “Cinema Sings the Blues,” (Cinema Journal; Spring 1978), and “Jazz and Film and Television” for The Oxford Companion to Jazz (2000).

Dan Gailey, Professor of Music and Division Director of Jazz Studies at KU, is well-known as a composer for jazz ensemble. He was awarded a Gil Evans Fellowship from the International Association of Jazz Educators and “Meet the Composer,” an international award. The KU Jazz Ensemble I has won the Downbeat Magazine award for the “Best Collegiate Jazz Band” three times in the last decade.

William J. Harris is an associate professor of English at KU. He is a permanent member of the multidisciplinary jazz studies group housed at Columbia University's Center for Jazz Studies in New York City. He has published a major study of the performance poet, Amiri Baraka, The Poetry and Poetics of Amiri Baraka: The Jazz Aesthetic (1985). He teaches courses in jazz and American Literature.

Paul R. Laird is Professor and Division Director of Musicology at KU. Laird's major publications include jazz festival listings for The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (1st edition, 1988; 2nd edition, 2001). Laird devotes a significant amount of time to jazz in undergraduate and graduate courses that he teaches on twentieth century American music.

Roberta Freund Schwartz is an Associate Professor of Historical Musicology at KU, and teaches the School of Music's courses in popular music, including Introduction to African American Music and Introduction to Jazz. The interpretation of African American music in European cultures is a particular area of interest; she is the author of How Britain Got the Blues: the Transmission and Reception of American Blues Styles in the British Isles, and has contributed articles about blues and jazz reception to several compilation volumes.

Sherrie Tucker is Associate Professor of American Studies at KU, where she teaches “Jazz and American Culture.” She is the author of Swing Shift: “All-Girl” Bands of the 1940s (2000) and co-editor with Nichole T. Rustin of Big Ears: Listening for Gender in Jazz Studies (2008). She was the Louis Armstrong Professor at the Center for Jazz Studies, Columbia University in 2004-2005..

Kevin Whitehead is a lecturer in English, jazz critic for National Public Radio's Fresh Air, and jazz columnist for eMusic.com. His writings on jazz have appeared in many publications including the Chicago Sun-Times, Down Beat and Village Voice. He was an editorial advisor and contributor to the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (2001), and wrote New Dutch Swing (1998), about improvised music in Amsterdam.


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