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Davide Ceriani - Assistant Professor of Musicology
Davide Ceriani is an Assistant 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 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). He has published articles in miscellaneous books and has presented papers at various conferences and institutions in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. Dr. Ceriani was recently granted the Frances R. Lax Award offered by the Faculty Center at Rowan University and the Adrienne Fried Block Fellowship offered by the Society for American Music.