Zach Loeffler


Humanities Teaching Postdoctoral Fellow


Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2018; M.M. and Performance Studies Certificate, Manhattan School of Music, 2009 and 2010; B.M., Vanderbilt University, 2005



Zach Loeffler is a musicologist and guitarist whose work explores the affective components of musicking in globally mediated scenes of performance since the late eighteenth century. He earned his Ph.D. in the History and Theory of Music from the University of Chicago in 2018. His dissertation, “Speaking of Magic: Enchantment and Disenchantment in Music’s Modernist Ordinary,” tracks a pervasive fantasy of music in “modern” liberal-capitalist cultures: music as “the only real magic.” Zach’s work has been supported by Chicago’s Franke Institute for the Humanities, and a portion of his dissertation research will be appearing in a January 2019 special issue of Popular Music. He currently teaches philosophy and music courses in the College Core.