Michael Saffle

Michael Saffle is Professor of Music and Humanities at Virginia Tech. He earned his joint Ph.D. in musicology and humanities at Stanford University and has published articles and reviews in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, Notes, Acta Musicologica, Asian Music, the International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music, the Programmhefte of Bayreuth’s Wagner Festival, Music & Letters, the Journal of Popular Film and Television, and the Leonardo Music Journal, as well as contributions to the International Dictionary of Black Composers and other reference works. His books include Franz Liszt: A Guide to Research, revised and republished by Routledge in 2004 and again in 2009, and he is currently working on a book-length discussion of Liszt’s compositional methods. Among his recent publications are two articles co-authored with Hon-Lun Yang of Hong Kong Baptist University on musical utopianism and China’s 12 Girls Band, as well as a chapter of his own about “Rural Music on American Television, 1948-2010” for Music in Television: Channels of Listening. A forthcoming article about “User-generated Campaign Music and the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election” will appear soon in Music and Politics. As a teacher Dr. Saffle has three times won Virginia Tech’s Certificate of Teaching Excellence; in 2007 he received the William E. Wine “lifetime” Award from Tech’s Alumni Association. As a scholar, he has held fellowships from the Fulbright and Humboldt Foundations as well as the American Philosophical Society, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy. In 2000-2001, he held the Bicentennial Professorship of American Studies—a Fulbright “Distinguished European Chair”—at the University of Helsinki; in 2008, he served as Au Yeung King Fong Research Fellow in Hong Kong. On his sixtieth birthday, Dr. Saffle was honored with a ‘Festschrift’ published as an issue of the cultural-studies eJournal Spaces of Identity [Volume 6, No. 3 (3 December 2006)]. msaffle@vt.edu