Stephan Pennington

Stephan Pennington

Contact Info:
Department of Music
Granoff Music Center, M268
20 Talbot Avenue
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617-627-3564

Office Hours:
By appointment

Associate Professor of Music

Ph.D, University of California at Los Angeles (2010)
M.A., University of California at Los Angeles (2010)
B.A., Mills College (2001)

Professor Pennington is a critical musicologist focusing on popular music and cultural studies. He is also affiliated with the Africana Studies Program, the American Studies Program, the Films Studies Program, and the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. He teaches courses such as: History of African-American Music, Queer Pop, The History of Rock'n'Roll, Black Divas, Music of the International Jazz Age, and American Music. He is currently on the editorial board for the journals Women & Music and American Music. He has been awarded the Faculty Multicultural Service Award (2015) and the Gerald R. Gill Distinguished Service Award (2014). Appointed 2009.

Research Interests
Popular Music and Jazz of the United States/Europe, African American Music, Transgender Vocality, Issues of Appropriation, and the Performance of Musical Identity with special attention to race, class, gender, and sexuality.

Recent Publications

  • "Transgender Passing Guides and the Vocal Performance of Gender and Sexuality." Invited contribution in The Oxford Handbook of Queerness and Music ed. Fred Maus and Sheila Whiteley. London: Oxford University Press, (Forthcoming)
  • "Willmer Broadnax, Mid-Century Gospel, and Black Trans/Masculinities." Women & Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture (Forthcoming)
  • "Reading Onkel Bumba and the Rumba: The Comedian Harmonists and Transatlantic Youth Culture at the end of the Weimar Republic." Journal of the Royal Musical Association 140, no 2 (2015): 371-416 
  • "For When We Come to Go: Ambivalent Cosmopolitanism and a Covert New Old Europe in the Graveyard and Gerry de Mol's 'Komen te Gann,'" Ethnomusicology Forum 24, no 2 (2015): 230-259
  • "A Meditation on the Relationship between Gender Variance and Sexual Variance." Invited contribution to "Colloquy: Music and Sexuality." Journal of the American Musicological Society 66, no 3 (Fall 2013): 857-861