Danielle Fosler-Lussier

Professor, Associate Director and Chair of Graduate Studies

Danielle Fosler-Lussier is professor of music and associate director for Graduate Studies at The Ohio State University School of Music, where she has taught since 2003. Beginning in November 2020, she will serve as vice president of the American Musicological Society.

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. 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@OhioState (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.

  • A book talk about Music on the Move is accessible on YouTube.

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 U.S. 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.

Articles (selected):

  • “Music Pushed, Music Pulled: Cultural Diplomacy, Globalization, and Imperialism,” Diplomatic History 36, no. 1 (January 2012): 53-64
  • “Cultural Diplomacy as Cultural Globalization: The University of Michigan Jazz Band in Latin America,” Journal of the Society for American Music 4, no. 1 (February 2010): 59-93

Future projects:

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

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

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