Davide Ceriani

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow

Davide Ceriani is an Associate Professor of Musicology in the Department of Music at Rowan University. He received his Ph.D. in Musicology from Harvard University in May 2011. Dr. Ceriani earned his degree in saxophone at the Conservatory of Bologna in his native Italy in 1999 and his Laurea (cum laude) at the University of Florence in 2003. Before embarking on his graduate studies, he was a visiting student at the University of Saint-Denis, Paris 8 (1997-1998) and at Smith College (2001-2002), and he worked as an intern librarian at the Bibliothèque nationale de France (2000). Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, Dr. Ceriani also performed extensively as a saxophone player in Italy, France, and the United States. Prior to working at Rowan, he spent two years (2011-13) as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Music at Columbia University.

Dr. Ceriani’s two main areas of research are the reception of Italian opera in the United States from 1880 until 1940 (with a special focus on how opera defined Italian cultural identity in America during the years of mass migration) and music in Italy during the interwar period (with special focus on the intersection of politics, aesthetics, criticism, and historiography). His writing has been published in Nineteenth-Century Music ReviewJournal of Music Criticism, and in various edited collections. He has presented papers at various conferences and institutions in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. Dr. Ceriani’s research has been supported by Rowan University (Frances R. Lax Fund and Seed Grant), the Society for American Music (Adrienne Fried Block Fellowship), the American Musicological Society (Ora Frishberg Saloman Fund), and the Library of Congress (John W. Kluge Center Fellowship).

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