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Jane Ellen Harrison

 Jane Harrison earned her doctorate in musicology in 2011 from The Ohio State University, with a dissertation on the shared compositional techniques, aesthetics, and social behavior of composers writing “Debussyste” music in early twentieth-century France. She discovered that debussyste techniques were simultaneously used by actors with modernist innovative as well as conventional commercializing tendencies, which might help to explain the troubled reception history of the debussyste movement and the composers associated with it. Her research has been supported by a Fulbright Grant to France and several fellowships from Ohio State. She has presented her research at several conferences including the 2010 annual meeting of the American Musicological Society and the 2012 annual meeting of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association. 

Before coming to MIAM, Jane worked as an adjunct instructor at Ohio State and as a visiting professor at Michigan State University. She has offered graduate courses on European and American art music in both the 19th and 20th century, Claude Debussy, the German Lied, and music and sociology. Jane’s approach to teaching and research is fundamentally interdisciplinary, with special interest in concepts and methods from the social sciences that shed light on the social and cognitive dimensions of musical stylistic vocabularies, genres, and creative acts. Her current research analyzes musical experiences in terms of semiotics, human cognition, convention, Bourdieuian fields of cultural production, and diffusion of innovations theory; these domains of inquiry will also serve as material for future course offerings. While her main areas of specialization have thus far been in the domain of art music, Jane maintains a strong interest in North American and British pop and vernacular music.