Harris Berger

Harris BergerCanada Research Chair in Ethnomusicology
Director of the Research Centre for the Study of Music, Media, and Place (MMaP)
Professor of Music and Folklore

B.A. (Wesleyan University)
M.A. (Indiana University)
Ph.D. (Indiana University)

Room: Arts and Culture Centre 149

Harris M. Berger is a scholar working in the fields of ethnomusicology, folklore studies, and popular music studies. His research and teaching focus on theoretical issues in the study of music and expressive culture, American popular music, and heavy metal. Metal, Rock, and Jazz: Perception and the Phenomenology of Musical Experience (Wesleyan University Press, 1999) was his first book, and his articles have appeared in a range of journals that includes Ethnomusicology, Popular Music, the Journal of American Folklore, and the Journal of Folklore Research. He and Michael T. Carroll co-edited Global Pop, Local Language (University Press of Mississippi, 2003), a volume on the politics and aesthetics of language choice and dialect in popular music around the world. He and Giovanna P. Del Negro are the authors of Identity and Everyday Life: Essays in the Study of Folklore, Music, and Popular Culture (Wesleyan University Press, 2004). His most recent work includes Stance: Ideas about Emotion, Style, and Meaning for the Study of Expressive Culture (Wesleyan University Press, 2010), Metal Rules the Globe: Heavy Metal Music around the World (Jeremy Wallach, Harris M. Berger, and Paul D. Greene, eds., Duke University Press, 2011), and Theory for Ethnomusicology: Histories, Conversations, Insights (Harris M. Berger and Ruth M. Stone, eds., Routledge, 2019).

Berger has served as co-editor of the Journal of American Folklore and co-editor of the Music/Culture book series at Wesleyan University Press. In 1996, he founded the Popular Music Section of the Society for Ethnomusicology, which he chaired until 2004. He has served as president of the US Branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music and as president of the Society for Ethnomusicology. In 2016, he was appointed Tier One Canada Research Chair in Ethnomusicology, Director of the Research Centre for the Study of Music, Media, and Place, and Professor of Music and Folklore at Memorial University of Newfoundland.