Jennifer Iverson

Appointment:

Assistant Professor of Music

Education:

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2009

Contact:

Office: Goodspeed 301
Phone: (773) 702-3499
Email: iversonj@uchicago.edu

Jennifer Iverson is a scholar of twentieth-century music, with a special emphasis on mid-century music, avant-gardism, electronic music, sound studies, and disability studies. Her scholarship is partly analytical and partly archival; she trained as a music theorist and has also spent ample time in archives in Switzerland and Germany. Jennifer’s book-in-progress, Electronic Inspirations, analyzes the cultural impact of mid-century electronic music. In particular, the electronic music studio provided a crucial space to reclaim wartime technology and ideas and put them to artistic use. The electronic studio also engendered a paradigm of invisible collaboration, where composers, technicians, scientists, and performers worked in a laboratory-like environment to develop a shared framework of ideas that applied to both electronic and acoustic musical compositions. Jennifer’s second research area is disability studies, which analyzes historical and cultural ideas about disabled bodies. Along this line, she has written about Bjork’s oeuvre, the film Dancer in the Dark, and the disabled body in electronic music.

In the 2015-16 academic year, Jennifer was an External Faculty Fellow in residence at the Stanford Humanities Center. Jennifer serves on the editorial board of Music Theory Spectrum (the flagship journal for the Society for Music Theory) and on the Council (advisory board) of the American Musicological Society. She previously led the Disability and Music Interest Group and served on the Accessibility Committee within the Society for Music Theory. 

Courses Taught:

  • Post-Tonal Analysis (Fall 2017)
  • Introduction to Sound Studies (seminar) (Winter 2017)
  • 19th Century Music Analysis (Spring 2017)