Associated Faculty, Musicology
Areas of Expertise
- Music and race in U.S. history
- 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.
“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.