Ellie M. Hisama
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Ellie Hisama, Professor of Music, came to Columbia in 2006, having previously taught at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, where she was Director of the Institute for Studies in American Music. She has also taught at Harvard University, the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Connecticut College, Ohio State University, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Queens College/CUNY, and the University of Virginia. She is a member of the Theory and Historical Musicology areas.
Author of Gendering Musical Modernism: The Music of Ruth Crawford, Marion Bauer, and Miriam Gideon (2001) and co-editor of Critical Minded: New Approaches to Hip Hop Studies (2005) and Ruth Crawford Seeger’s Worlds: Innovation and Tradition in Twentieth-Century American Music (2007), she specializes in twentieth- and twenty-first-century music, post-tonal theory, American music, popular music, gender and feminist studies, critical studies of music and race, and the social and political roles of music. Her work has been published in the journals Popular Music, Music Theory Online, Music Theory Spectrum, Journal of Musicology, and Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, and in the edited volumes Concert Music, Rock, and Jazz Since 1945; Audible Traces: Gender, Identity, and Music; Locating East Asia in Western Art Music; Critical Minded: New Approaches to Hip Hop Studies; and Ruth Crawford Seeger's Worlds. She has received major fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation/Andrew Mellon Foundation and the Ethyle R. Wolfe Institute for the Humanities and was an Associate at the Five College Women's Studies Research Center at Mount Holyoke College.
She has served as an evaluator for the American Council of Learned Societies, the Fulbright Foundation, and the American Musicological Society. She is Founding Editor of the Journal of the Society for American Music, published by Cambridge University Press (JSAM). She has served on the Society for Music Theory's Program Committee, Committee on the Status of Women, and Diversity Committee and on the AMS's Program Committee. She is an Associate Editor of Perspectives of New Music. She is on the advisory boards of Tracking Pop, a popular music book series published by the University of Michigan Press, and of the Journal of Popular Music Studies, and is also on the editorial boards of Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture, the Journal of Musicology, and Echo: a music-centered journal. She is a member of the AMS's Publications Committee and of the Advisory Board of the H. Wiley Hitchcock Institute for Studies in American Music. She has co-directed several major conferences, including Ruth Crawford Seeger: Modernity, Tradition, and the Making of American Music (2001), Local Music/Global Connections: New York City at the Millennium (2001), and Feminist Theory and Music 8 (2005). She has presented papers at meetings of the Society for Music Theory, American Musicological Society, Society for Ethnomusicology, Society for American Music, Feminist Theory and Music, International Society for the Study of Popular Music, Modernist Studies Association, and National Women's Studies Association. In 2010-11, she gave the keynote address at the Michigan Interdisciplinary Music Society and talks at Duke University, the Eastman School of Music, Waseda University, and Tokyo Geijutso Daigaku [Tokyo University of the Arts].
She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Columbia. She taught course in hip hop studies and Asian American music studies at Harvard University as a Visiting Professor of Music. She was recently an invited participant at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University in the seminar Postcolonial Music Studies and was in residence at Waseda University in 2010 as a Tsunoda Senior Fellow.