Jim Davis is Professor of Musicology and Chair of the Musicology Area at the School of Music, State University of New York at Fredonia. His primary research focuses on the music and musicians of the American Civil War. He has also worked in the areas of music history pedagogy, American popular music of the 19th and 20th centuries, and the history of bands.
Davis received a BS in Music from the University of Colorado at Denver with an emphasis in scoring and arranging; an MM in composition from the University of Texas; and a PhD in music history and theory from Boston University.
Davis has presented papers at regional and national meetings of the American Musicological Society, Society for American Music, College Music Society, Society for Ethnomusicology, Society for Military History, Music Library Association, and American Culture Association. He has been published in Nineteenth Century Studies, Journal of the History of Ideas, North and South, Music Review, Journal of Band Research, and the Journal of American Culture. His articles on pedagogy have appeared in International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Journal of Aesthetic Education, and Philosophy of Music Education Review. He recently completed a book featuring the transcription of letters from three brothers who served in the regimental band of the 10th Vermont Infantry during the American Civil War. He is currently working on a manuscript that examines the role of music in daily life for soldiers and civilians during the winter encampment around Culpeper and Brandy Station, Virginia, 1863-1864. His work has been supported by a Mellon Travel Fellowship as well as numerous awards through the State University of New York and the UUP Professional Development Program.
Davis has served as the Chair of the Committee on Career-Related Issues of the American Musicological Society. He has been on the program and nominating committees, and hosted two meetings, for the local chapter of the AMS. He has chaired sessions at meetings of the Annual Conference of the New York State Association of European Historians and the American Musicological Society. He is also a member of the Society for Military History and the American Society for Aesthetics.