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About Allison Adrian

Allison Adrian specializes in ethnomusicology and musicology. She studied economics, music, and Spanish during her undergraduate years. Before pursuing a graduate degree, she worked as a technology consultant, an AmeriCorps volunteer, and a group leader for high school students studying abroad.

She obtained her master’s degree at UCLA in ethnomusicology, focusing on Basque American vocal music. She moved to the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities to pursue her doctoral research with Mirjana Lausevic (1966–2007).

Her dissertation examined music in 20 different Lutheran congregations in the Twin Cities made up of recent immigrants and refugees from Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Allison joined the Department of Music and Theater at St. Kate’s in 2008. She also teaches coursework in Women's Studies and Critical Studies in Race and Ethnicity. Her scholarship since joining St. Kate's includes working with indigenous Ecuadorian musicians as a Fulbright Scholar, and co-editing an anthology titled Voicing Girlhood in Popular Music. She also likes to share her research with scholarly journals as well as popular media like National Public Radio and The Star Tribune.


Present Associate Professor, Music, St. Catherine University Music Department


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Honors and Awards

  • Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Award. (2016). Host: Museo Pumapungo, Cuenca, Ecuador.
  • Collaborative Undergraduate Research Program Award. (2015). St. Catherine University.
  • Finalist for Myser Family Excellence in Mentorship Award. (2015).
  • Research and Scholarly Work Award. (2015). APDC St. Catherine University.
  • Excellence in Teaching and Advising Award. (2012–2013). St. Catherine University.
  • Summer Scholars Collaborative Undergraduate Research Program. (2011). St. Catherine University.
  • Research and Scholarly Activities Award. (2010). St. Catherine University.
  • Curriculum Development Award. (2009). St. Catherine University.


  • World Music
  • Women and Music: Music in the Twin Cities
  • Music and Healing
  • Sound and Vision: Music, the Visual Arts, and Politics
  • History of Rock
  • The Reflective Woman
  • History of Western Music
  • Protest Music and Social Change
  • The Image and Music Monster: Lady Gaga in Context
  • Music, Stories, Identity: Crossing Borders, Blending Traditions


2008 Ph.D., Musicology/Ethnomusicology, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
2003 Master of Arts, Ethnomusicology, University of California, Los Angeles
1999 Bachelor of Arts, Economics, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Gustavus Adolphus College

Contact Information

Phone: 651-690-6689