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Assistant Professor of Music, New York University

Berlin Prize Fellow - Class of Fall 2010

Brigid Cohen is a musicologist whose research and teaching center on the twentieth-century musical avant-garde, jazz, postcolonial studies, cultural theory, cosmopolitanism, as well as on intersections of music with the visual arts and literature. She earned her PhD from Harvard University in 2007 and is currently completing a study of the émigré composer Stefan Wolpe that explores “how dilemmas of migration and cultural plurality shaped interdisciplinary modernist movements from the Bauhaus to the kibbutzim, from bebop to Black Mountain College.” The book that followed from this project, Stefan Wolpe and the Avant-Garde Diaspora, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2012.


Cohen has received grants and fellowships from the German Academic Exchange Service, the Getty Research Institute, the Minda de Gunzberg Center for European Studies at Harvard University, the Paul Sacher Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She was also awarded the Harvard University Bok Center Certificate for Excellencein Teaching.

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