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Alison Maggart

Alison Maggart
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Alison Maggart is a musicologist, whose research focuses on twentieth-century and contemporary American music and culture. She is particularly interested in serial aesthetics, musical borrowing, identity, and practices that traverse and complicate the boundaries between modernism/postmodern, seriousness/play, autonomy/intertextuality, and scientism/spirituality. She received her PhD from the University of Southern California, where she was named the 2017 Outstanding Doctoral Student of the Thornton School of Music for her work on Milton Babbitt’s music and reception during the late 1980s. She has presented her work at national and international musicology and music theory conferences and has been the recipient of many awards and fellowships, including the USC Musicology Department Award, Pi Kappa Lambda Award at the Doctoral Level, Ingolf Dahl Award, Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Bing Arnold Endowed Fellowship in the Humanities, Provost Fellowship, and multiple research grants. Her most recent project explores the role sound plays in New Age meditation, healing, and time travel in and around Los Angeles.