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Sandra Jean Graham  

Associate Professor of Music

B.A. English, St. Lawrence University
B.A. Music, Moravian College
M.A., Ph.D., New York University
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Professor Graham is an ethnomusicologist who teaches courses in Arts, History, and Society (AHS foundation), classical music appreciation, African American music, global pop, and music traditions from around the world. She is Faculty Director of the Sorenson Center for the Arts and musical director of Babson’s T.E.S.T. (The Empty Space Theater). Before joining the Babson faculty in 2011, she taught at the University of California, Davis, and had visiting appointments at Davidson College, the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), the Music Academy of the University of Zagreb (Croatia), and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.​​

Her articles on spirituals and blackface minstrelsy have been published in journals, books, the Grove Dictionary of American Music (2nd ed.), and The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology (revised 2013). With vocalist Chad Runyon she has produced and recorded twelve songs by black entertainer Sam Lucas, available here for streaming. Her book on the popularization of African American spirituals is currently in preparation and will be published by University of Illinois Press. Her research website is located at: