Dr. Kassandra Hartford Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

Assistant Professor

Center for the Arts, 233

BA Mount Holyoke College
MA and PhD, Stony Brook University

Dr. Hartford is a musicologist specializing in twentieth century music of the United States, Brazil, and France. She has presented papers at a number of national and international conferences, and her publications appear in The Musical QuarterlySound Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, the Journal of Music History Pedagogy, and Ars Lyrica. She has received research funding from the Tinker Foundation, the Newberry Library, the American Musicological Society, and the Mellon Foundation. Currently, Dr. Hartford is at work on a book project, Sounding Nation, Hearing Race, which examines the influence of transnational exchange on racialized concert musics in New York, Rio de Janeiro, and Paris.

Before coming to Muhlenberg, Dr. Hartford taught at Mount Holyoke College and Stony Brook University. At Muhlenberg, she teaches a wide variety of coursework, including Introduction to Music, Music History I and II, Opera, Brazilian Music, American Music, as well as Music and Gender; Pop, Rock and Soul; and Empire, Madness, and Decadence in Viennese Music. At Stony Brook University, she served as both a writing tutor and as an Assistant Director of the Writing Center, and she maintains a strong interest in writing pedagogy in her coursework.

Dr. Hartford trained as a singer, and has sung with a number of ensembles, including the New England Conservatory Camerata , under Lorna Cooke DeVaron, and the Stonewall Chorale, under Cynthia Powell. She plays alfaia, a double-headed rope-tuned drum, with the ensemble Maracatu New York