Naomi Graber

American Music and Twentieth Century Music

Naomi Graber (assistant professor, limited term) joined the faculty of UGA in 2013. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that same year with the dissertation “Found in Translation: Kurt Weill on Broadway and in Hollywood, 1935–1939,” which earned her the Glen Haydon Award for an Outstanding Dissertation in Musicology. She is the recipient of the Rhonda A. and Robert Hillel Silver Award from the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, as well as fellowships to study at the Library of Congress and the Arnold Schönberg-Centre in Vienna. Her research centers on twentieth century American music, particularly the Broadway stages of the 1930s. She is particularly interested in how the experimental film and theatre of the era informed popular productions aimed at helping audiences make sense of the trauma of the Great Depression. She is also interested in how contemporary Broadway audiences have used the medium to cope with the national trauma of 9/11, and how fan cultures have used the internet to expand beyond the traditional New York base into an international community. She teaches classes on American Popular Music, Music and War, Film Music, and Music after 1750.