Assistant Professor (Musicology)
Emily Abrams Ansari, PhD is an assistant professor in music history who focuses on 20th-century music. She joined the faculty in 2007.
Before coming to Western, Ansari received a BA from Durham University and an MSt from Oxford University (both in the United Kingdom) and in 2010 gained her PhD in historical musicology from Harvard University.
Ansari teaches courses on 19th- and 20th-century music history at Western at the undergraduate and graduate level. She is particularly interested in offering her students the chance to think about music in its social and political contexts, while simultaneously seeking an intimate understanding of the music itself. Her graduate student advisees are engaged in a range of projects pertaining to 20th-century art music, particularly music composed in North America.
Ansari’s research lies in the area of music and politics. Recent journal publications and her book in progress consider the United States’ use of musicians as cultural diplomats during the Cold War. Another significant interest concerns the influence of racial politics on music, particularly the career of African American composer Ulysses Kay.
"Shaping the Policies of Cold War Musical Diplomacy: An Epistemic Community of American Composers," Diplomatic History 36/1 (January 2012): 41-52.
"Aaron Copland and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy," Journal of the Society for American Music 5/3 (2011).
For more information on Ansari’s teaching and research, see her website: http://www.emilyabramsansari.ca