Dr. James Davis

Dr. James Davis
Dr. James Davis
Area: Musicology
Mason Hall 3151

Ph.D., Boston University

Jim Davis is Professor of Musicology and Chair of the Music History Area at the School of Music, State University of New York at Fredonia. His primary research focuses on military music and musicians, and in particular 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 has presented papers at regional and national meetings of the American Musicological Society, International Musicological Society, Society for American Music, College Music Society, Society for Ethnomusicology, Society for Military History, Music Library Association, and American Culture Association. His research has been published in American Music, College Music Symposium, Journal of Military History, Nineteenth Century Studies, Journal of the History of Ideas, Journal of Band Research, and the Journal of American Culture. His articles on pedagogy have appeared in Music Docta, International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Journal of Aesthetic Education, and Philosophy of Music Education Review.
He is the author of Music Along the Rapidan: Civil War Soldiers, Music and Community During Winter Quarters, Virginia (University of Nebraska Press, 2014) and Bully for the Band! The Letters and Diary of Four Brothers in the 10th Vermont Infantry Band (MacFarland, 2012). He also edited the collections The Music History Classroom (Ashgate, 2012) and The Arts and Culture of the American Civil War (Routledge, 2016). He is currently working on a manuscript that examines the creation and tumultuous reception of the song “Maryland, My Maryland” during the Civil War.

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  • The Way of Improvement Leads Home: reflections at the intersection of American history (religion (politics (and academic life (5).