Assistant Professor of Music Theory and History, Music Theory Area CoordinatorJennifer Campbell

​Jennifer L. Campbell joined the music faculty at Central Michigan University in 2007 and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music Theory and History, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in both areas. 

Dr. Campbell specializes in twentieth-century American music, focusing on composers Aaron Copland, Virgil Thomson, and Paul Bowles, and she also regularly undertakes interdisciplinary projects. In her most recent scholarship, she explores connections between music, politics, and cultural identity by examining the U.S. government’s use of music as a diplomatic tool in the early 1940s, chronicling the role music and musicians played in the government’s attempt to shape inter-American relationships. Dr. Campbell has become a regular presenter on the national and international stage and has shared her research at the annual meetings of the Society for American Music, the American Musicological Society, the Society for Ethnomusicology, as well as at special gatherings such as the Culture and International History IV Conference in Cologne, Germany (2009) and the Paul Bowles Centennial Conference in Lisbon, Portugal (2010). She is a contributor to the second edition of The New Grove Dictionary of American Music and has a forthcoming article on musical exchange and cultural diplomacy being published in the journal Diplomatic History

An active member of several professional organizations, Dr. Campbell serves as co-chair of the Music of Latin America and Caribbean Interest Group, which is part of the Society for American Music, and she is the newsletter editor for the Great Lakes Chapter of the College Music Society.

Dr. Campbell holds a Ph.D. in Music Theory and History and a M.A. in Historical Musicology from the University of Connecticut, and a B.A. in music with a concentration in music history (magna cum laude) from Asbury College. Prior to her arrival at CMU, Dr. Campbell taught courses at the University of Connecticut and Central Connecticut State University.

Contact Information

Phone: (989) 774-1960
Room: MU 266​​​​​​​​​​