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Sandra Graham

Associate Professor

Academic Division: Arts & Humanities
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Bio

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. Her book on the popularization of African American spirituals is currently in preparation and will be published by University of Illinois Press.

Academic Interests

Ethnomusicology; African American Sacred and Popular Music; Black Theater; Musical Theater

Awards & Honors

  • 2014 - Ted Grossman Beaver Believer Award , Student Government Association

Courses

Degree Courses 2015-2016
  • CVA 2032: APPRECIATING CLASSICAL MUSIC
  • MUS 4620: GLOBAL POP
  • AHS 1000: HNRS AHS FOUNDATION

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Graham, S.J. (2007). What's the Score: Interpreting Transcriptions of the Fisk Jubilee Spirituals. Muzikološki Zbornik / Musicology Annual, XLII(1), 115-25.
  • Graham, S.J. (2006). On the Road to Freedom: The Contracts of the Fisk Jubilee Singers. American Music, 24(1), 1-29.

Books

  • Graham, S.J. (2009). Performances as Research (PAR) in Northern American Ethnomusicology: Palgrave Macmillan

Book Chapters

  • Graham, S.J. (in press). Composing in Black and White: Code-Switching in the Songs of Sam Lucas. In Patricia Hall (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Music Censorship. New York: Oxford University Press
  • Graham, S.J. (2011). Reframing Negro Spirituals in the Late Nineteenth Century. In John Koegel (Ed.), Music, American Made: Essays in Honor of John Graziano.: Harmonie Park Press
  • Graham, S.J. (2013). Abolition. Grove Dictionary of American Music: Oxford University Press
  • Graham, S.J. (2013). Brower, Frank. Grove Dictionary of American Music: Oxford University Press
  • Graham, S.J. (2013). Fisk Jubilee Singers. Grove Dictionary of American Music: Oxford University Press
  • Graham, S.J. (2013). Fisk Jubilee Singers. The Canterbury Dictionary of HymnologyNorwich: Canterbury Press link
  • Graham, S.J. (2013). Howard, George C. (and family). Grove Dictionary of American Music: Oxford University Press
  • Graham, S.J. (2013). Hyers Sisters. Grove Dictionary of American Music: Oxford University Press
  • Graham, S.J. (2013). Johnson, J. Rosamond. Grove Dictionary of American Music: Oxford University Press
  • Graham, S.J. (2013). Kelly and Leon’s Minstrels. Grove Dictionary of American Music: Oxford University Press
  • Graham, S.J. (2013). Kittredge, Walter. Grove Dictionary of American Music: Oxford University Press
  • Graham, S.J. (2013). Lane, William Henry. Grove Dictionary of American Music: Oxford University Press
  • Graham, S.J. (2013). Musical Theater, §1860–1900. Grove Dictionary of American Music: Oxford University Press
  • Graham, S.J. (2013). Pelham, Dick. Grove Dictionary of American Music: Oxford University Press
  • Graham, S.J. (2013). Primrose, George. Grove Dictionary of American Music: Oxford University Press
  • Graham, S.J. (2013). Spirituals. Grove Dictionary of American Music: Oxford University Press
  • Graham, S.J. (2013). Tyrolean Minstrels. Grove Dictionary of American Music: Oxford University Press
  • Graham, S.J. (2013). Unsworth James. Grove Dictionary of American Music: Oxford University Press
  • Graham, S.J. (2013). Wright, Josephine. Grove Dictionary of American Music: Oxford University Press

Book Reviews

  • Graham, S.J. (2014). Review of Elijah Wald's "The Dozens: A History of Rap's Mama". Bulletin of the Society for American Music, Vol 40, 15–18.
  • Graham, S.J. (2012). Review of Ron Pen's "I Wonder as I Wander: The Life of John Jacob Niles". , Vol 30, 116-118.
  • Graham, S.J. (2011). Review of Abbott & Seroff's "Out of Sight: The Rise of African American Popular Music, 1889–1895". Journal for the Society for American Music, Vol 5, 113-117.
  • Graham, S.J. (2011). Review of Abbott & Seroff's "Ragged but Right: Black Traveling Shows, 'Coon Songs,' and the Dark Pathway to Blues and Jazz". Journal for the Society for American Music, Vol 5, 113-117.

Others

  • Graham, S.J. (2013). The Songs of Sam Lucas. Murfreesboro, TN : Center for Popular Music link
  • Graham, S.J. (in press). Composing in Black and White: Code-Switching in the Songs of Sam Lucas. New York: Oxford University Press
  • Graham, S.J. (2010). Wright, Josephine: Oxford University Press

Presentations

  • "Blacks and the First Wave of Theater Entertainment"; "Gullah Ring Shouts"
    Graham, S. "Blacks and the First Wave of Theater Entertainment"; "Gullah Ring Shouts" Two class lectures: African Americans in American Film and African American Music, Norton, MA (2015)
  • Opening Doors: A Roundtable of Past Music Theater/Dance Debut Panelists - Sam Lucas
    Graham, S. Opening Doors: A Roundtable of Past Music Theater/Dance Debut Panelists - Sam Lucas Annual conference, Scottsdale, AZ (2014)
  • The Songs of Sam Lucas
    Graham, S. The Songs of Sam Lucas BFRF Research Chat, Wellesley, MA (2013)
  • Working: Integrating Experiential Learning and Musical Theater in a Humanities Course
    Graham, S. Working: Integrating Experiential Learning and Musical Theater in a Humanities Course Annual Conference of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Orlando, FL (2013)
  • The Working Project
    Graham, S. The Working Project CWEL Faculty Gender Research Luncheon, Wellesley, MA (2013)
  • Music during Apartheid in South Africa
    Graham, S. Music during Apartheid in South Africa Pre-departure presentation for the course “Culture, Society and En-trepreneurship in Developing Economies: South Africa”, Wellesley, MA (2012)
  • Breaking Through: Engaging Students with Experiential Learning
    Graham, S. Breaking Through: Engaging Students with Experiential Learning TIF talk for Babson College series “Navigating the Creative Process, Wellesley, MA (2012)
  • The Image Problem of Negro Spirituals
    Graham, S. The Image Problem of Negro Spirituals , Williamsburg, VA (2010)
  • History of Spirituals in the U.S.
    Graham, S. History of Spirituals in the U.S. , Davis, CA (2010)
  • "Jilted:" Reframing Negro Spirituals as College Songs
    Graham, S. "Jilted:" Reframing Negro Spirituals as College Songs Society for American Music Annual meeting, Denver, CO (2009)
  • Negro Spirituals in the Post-Civil Rights Era in the U.S.: The Traditional in the Present and the Present in the Traditional
    Graham, S. Negro Spirituals in the Post-Civil Rights Era in the U.S.: The Traditional in the Present and the Present in the Traditional What to Do with Folklore, Scientific Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Arts and Sciences, Ljublijana (2009)