Susan C. Cook


Member, Nominating Committee
Appointed November 2018; term ends November 2019

Susan C. Cook is the Pamela O. Hamel/Music Board of Advisors Director of the Mead Witter School of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Professor of Musicology. Before becoming Director, she was the Associate Dean for the Arts and Humanities in the Graduate School. Her teaching and research focus on contemporary and American music of all kinds and demonstrates her interest in feminist methodologies and interdisciplinary cultural criticism.

Professor Cook has served on the advisory boards of the Society for American Music, the American Musicological Society and the Society of Dance History Scholars. She held the Walt Whitman Chair in American Culture Studies at the University of Nijmegen (Netherlands) as part of the Fulbright Distinguished Teaching Program. The author of Opera for a New Republic, she was also a contributing co-editor to two volumes of essays, Cecilia Reclaimed and most recently Bodies of Sound: Studies Across Popular Music and Dance, with dance historian Sherril Dodds.  Her current book project explores ragtime music and dance before World War I.

Professor Cook holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Michigan.

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Posted January 2019