Elissa Harbert

Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow

Music Building, 108
Telephone: 651-696-6185

Elissa Harbert is a Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow in Music at Macalester College, where she teaches courses in musicology. She specializes in music of the United States from the eighteenth century to the present, focusing especially on issues of cultural memory, race, nationalism, and politics in dramatic productions for stage and screen.

In 2013, Harbert completed her PhD in Musicology at Northwestern University with the support of the American Musicological Society’s Alvin H. Johnson AMS 50 Dissertation Fellowship, as well as grants and fellowships from the American Heritage Center and Northwestern University. Her dissertation, “Remembering the Revolution: Music in Stage and Screen Representations of Early America During the Bicentennial Years,” focuses on the ways music has acted as a vessel of cultural memory in twentieth-century evocations of the American Revolutionary era. Her current book project explores depictions of U.S. history in Broadway musicals from 1925 to the present. Her other research interests include transatlantic musical cultures of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century America, especially the musical activities of African Americans and European immigrants, the works of Leonard Bernstein, and the historiography of American music. She has presented research at numerous conferences, including the Society for American Music, the British Association for American Studies, the North American Conference on 19th-Century Music, and Music and the Moving Image. Harbert graduated with a Bachelor of Music magna cum laude in oboe performance from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, and earned a Master’s degree in oboe performance from Wichita State University in Kansas, where she performed with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra.

Ph.D., Nothwestern University
MM, Wichita State University
BM, Lawrence University