Danielle Fosler-Lussier

Danielle Fosler-Lussier

Danielle Fosler-Lussier

Professor of Musicology


614 247-6502

N478 Timashev Building
1866 College Rd
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Musicology
  • Diplomatic History


  • University of Pennsylvania, BA
  • University of Hamburg, DAAD Scholar
  • University of California-Berkeley, MA, PhD
  • Princeton University, Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts

Danielle Fosler-Lussier is professor of music at The Ohio State University School of Music, where she has taught since 2003. She is serving as vice president of the American Musicological Society through November 2022.

In 2021–22 she is serving as the Faculty Fellow for the Ohio State University Office of Research and the Global Arts and Humanities Discovery Theme.

Principal interests

  • Music in international contact and exchange
  • The role of women in the creation of concert life, state support for the arts, and educational institutions;
  • Music history pedagogy


  • University of Pennsylvania (BA)
  • University of Hamburg (DAAD scholar)
  • University of California, Berkeley (MA, PhD)
  • Princeton University, Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts (Cotsen-Behrman Postdoctoral Fellow)

Campus affiliations

  • Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Mershon Center for International Security Studies


Music on the Move (University of Michigan Press, 2020), an open-access book that is freely available at https://doi.org/10.3998/mpub.9853855. This book is accessible to general readers and covers key topics related to migration, mediation, and musical mashups. The examples are drawn from many kinds of music (traditional, popular, classical) and from many places. Publication of this book was supported by a grant from TOME@Ohio State (Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem), a partnership between the Ohio State University Libraries, the Association of American Universities, the Association of Research Libraries and the Association of University Presses.

Music Divided: Bartók's Legacy in Cold War Culture (University of California Press, 2007) explained the political pressures placed on musical style in the 1950s in Eastern and Western Europe and the United States.

Music in America’s Cold War Diplomacy (University of California Press, 2015) described musicians’ tours sponsored by the US State Department: these included rock ’n’ roll, bluegrass, blues, classical music and jazz. The latter book is accompanied by an online database of U.S. cultural presentations from the 1950s to the 1980s.

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Future projects

Dr. Fosler-Lussier’s current project concerns the collaboration of civic music groups with the United States Information Agency in creating Cold War propaganda.

With William Cheng (Dartmouth College), Dr. Fosler-Lussier is co-editing the Cultural History of Western Music in the Modern Era (Bloomsbury, forthcoming).

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