Katie Graber

Katie Graber

Katie Graber

Associated Faculty, Musicology


N442 Timashev Building
1866 College Rd
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Ethnomusicology
  • Music and race in U.S. history
  • Opera
  • Mennonite music
  • Critical race theory
  • Affect theory


  • PhD, Ethnomusicology, University of Wisconsin, 2010
  • MA, Ethnomusicology, University of Wisconsin, 2004
  • BA, Music, Religion, TESOL, Goshen College, 1999

Katie Graber’s research focuses on race, ethnicity, immigration and colonization in a variety of contexts, including Western opera, the history of ethnomusicology, and Mennonite music. She has served as co-chair of the Society for Ethnomusicology Voice Special Interest Group, and as Intercultural Editor for the Mennonite Church USA’s denominational hymnal Voices Together. In the latter role, she worked with a variety of consultant groups and individuals to edit more than 40 languages in hymn texts of multiple musical traditions. She is a regular speaker at national Mennonite and ethnomusicological gatherings.

Selected Publications and Lectures

Ramala: an American “Indianist” Opera, Musicological Lecture Concert and World Premiere Presentation with The Ohio State University Opera and Lyric Theatre, November 1, 2017.

Mennonite Voices.” American Religious Sounds Project gallery (http://religioussounds.osu.edu).

“Interpretation, Resonance, Embodiment: Affect Theory and the Ethnomusicology.” Introduction to Ethnomusicology Forum Special Issue on Affect Theory and Ethnomusicology, co-written and edited with Matthew Sumera. Ethnomusicology Forum 29 vol. 1 (2020): 3–20.

Affect, Language, Race, Voice: Opera Singers in Nineteenth-Century United States.” Ethnomusicology Forum 29 vol. 1 (2020): 40–61.

“Francis La Flesche and Ethnography: Writing, Power, Critique.” Ethnomusicology 61 vol. 1 (2017): 115–139.

“Pink Menno Hymn Sings: Queer Voices in Mennonite Church USA.” In At the Crossroads of Music and Social Justice, forthcoming.

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