Music Faculty

Rachel Mundy

Faculty member Rachel Mundy

Rachel Mundy is an Associate Professor of Music in the Arts, Culture, & Media program at Rugters University in Newark. She specializes in twentieth-century sonic culture with interests at the juncture of music, the history of science, and animal studies. Her research shows how music has been used to navigate changing boundaries between race, species, and culture in the twentieth century. Her book Animal Musicalities, under contract with Wesleyan University Press, traces comparisons between human and animal songs from social Darwinism through the postwar rejection of racial science. By exploring song as an object of study, she locates postmodern notions of art and science as the refrain of a century-long encounter with life’s inequalities.

Rachel’s work on songs, science, and life’s inequalities has been published in journals such as the Journal of the American Musicological Society, The Musical Quarterly, and Animals & Society. She is currently working on a comic-book inspired biography of American song collector Laura Boulton that features archival photographs of Laura’s trip to Angola for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in 1930-31. She is also in the early stages of a second monograph titled Hearing Beyond Humanism that traces a generation of women biologists who turned in the 1970s to musical listening in lieu of laboratories as a way of reconfiguring notions of animal intelligence.

Rachel teaches courses at Newark on Western music history, sound in the history of science, sound studies and posthumanism, and world music. Students in her classes will hear orchestras of typewriters and engines, see women petting busts of Beethoven, and compose an ode to Newark out of the city’s sounds. Rachel is also a licensed teacher of the Japanese traditional flute or shakuhachi, which she has played and performed since 2001.

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Samantha Bassler

Samantha Bassler (she/her) has taught music history at RU-Newark since 2012. Educated at Nyack College, Merton College of the University…

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[ Music ]Faculty member, Li-Chan Chen-Maxham

Li-Chan Chen-Maxham

Lyric Soprano Li-Chan Chen-Maxham was a leading soprano in the ensemble of the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern in Germany for six consecutive…

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Kate Doyle

Kate Doyle is an Assistant Professor of Music in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at Rutgers University-Newark. Trained…

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[ Music ]Faculty Member Brian Harlow

Brian Harlow

Brian Preston Harlow serves as Director of the Rutgers University Chorus, Newark Campus, the Director of the Apprentice Chorus and…

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[ Music ]Faculty member, Henry Martin

Henry Martin

The music of Henry Martin has been described by Paul Griffiths of The New York Times as “that of someone…

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[ Music ]Faculy member, Leighann Narum

Leighann Narum

Leighann Narum teaches classical guitar in applied studies at Rutgers University-Newark. Ms. Narum has performed in Merkin Concert Hall in…

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Radam Schwartz

Radam Schwartz, Jazz Organist and pianist, has built his reputation over the last 40 years playing with such great musicians as…

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