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About Andrew Berish

Andrew Berish is an Associate Professor who holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of California, Los Angeles and B.A. in History from Columbia University. Dr. Berish’s current research focuses on the relationship between musical expression and the social experience of space and place. His current book, Lonesome Roads and Streets of Dreams: Place, Mobility, and Race in Jazz of the 1930s and ’40s(University of Chicago Press, 2012), examines the ways swing-era jazz represented the geographic and demographic transformations of American life during the Great Depression and Second World War. He has published articles on 1930s “sweet” jazz and guitarist Django Reinhardt in The Journal of the Society for American Music and Jazz Perspectives. A recent essay on Duke Ellington in the 1930s will appear in The Cambridge Companion to Duke Ellington, edited by Ed Green. He is currently at work on a study of Tin Pan Alley song during the Depression and Second World War. His research interests include topics in jazz and American popular music, theories of space and place, and ideologies of race. He teaches courses on American culture of the 1930s and ’40s, jazz and civil rights, the analysis of popular music, and the role of place and mobility in American historical experience.

Positions

Present Associate Professor, University of South Florida
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