Dr. Dorothea Gail
I am a cultural studies scholar and musicologist specialized in the 20th and 21st centuries. My current research encompasses classical and popular musics and the intersection between consumerism in a post-Fordist economic environment and aesthetics. I studied music and theology in Frankfurt a.M. and gained my Ph.D. with a thesis about the American modern music composer Charles Ives. From 2008-10 I was Visiting Professor and Research Scholar for Music History at the University of Oklahoma and from 2010-12 I worked as Executive Editor for the national music series Music of the United States of America (MUSA) at the University of Michigan, where I also taught classes in American Music. Since 2014 I am a Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) research scholar at the Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz where I work on my second book project: “Between Authenticity and the Market: Music, Subculture, and Values in the United States since the 1970s.” Outside academia I maintain a perspective with the stylings of my electronic pop band The Moving Coffins.
DFG Funded Research Project „Between Authenticity and the Market: Music, Subculture, and Values in the United States since the 1970s.”
- Winter 2015-16, Seminar: “Music, Subculture and Values in the U.S. since the 1980s”
- Forthcoming, Summer 2016, Seminar: “Consuming America: From Wal-Mart Greeters to Singing California Raisins”