Naomi Graber

Naomi Graber is an assistant professor (limited term) at the University of Georgia, where she teaches classes on American popular song, film music, and twentieth century music. She earned her Ph.D. in 2013 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she won the Glen Haydon Award for an Outstanding Dissertation in Musicology. Her research focuses on Broadway and Hollywood in the 1930s, particularly the influence of Leftist political thought on popular entertainment and the ways in which anti-Fascist émigrés both influenced and were influenced by American culture. She is mostly focused on the career of Kurt Weill, a Jewish émigré who fled Nazi Germany and found success in the United States. She is also interested in the film and theater of today, particularly questions of gender and genre, and how those two issues intersect. Her article on the gendered nostalgia of Mamma Mia! was published in Studies in Musical Theatre, and her article on Weill’s Ulysses Africanus, an unfinished musical written for Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, is forthcoming in Musical Quarterly. Her research has been supported by a James W. Pruett Fellowship to work at the Library of Congress, and a grant to attend the Schönberg-Akademie in Vienna.