Dr. Ljerka Rasmussen
Music History, Ethnomusicology
Ljerka Rasmussen has taught courses in music history and world music in the Department of Music since 2006, and as a member of the Honors College faculty since 2015.
Dr. Rasmussen's research focuses on the musical traditions of Eastern Europe and the Balkans. She has presented papers at scholarly conferences in the United States and Europe, addressing issues of identity, political transitions, and emergent transnational forms of popular music. Publications include invited contributions to the edited volumes Balkan Popular Culture and the Ottoman Ecumene: Music, Image, and Regional Political Discourse (Scarecrow Press, 2007), Retuning Culture: Musical Changes in Central and Eastern Europe (Duke University Press, 1996), and Echo der Vielfalt – Echoes of Diversity (Böhlau Verlag, 1995). Her book Newly Composed Folk Music of Yugoslavia was the flagship volume in the Routledge series "Current Research in Ethnomusicology: Outstanding Dissertations" (2002). She has contributed two entries in the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World (Bloomsbury Publishing). Her journalistic work includes interviews with Louie Bellson, Guy Clark, and La Monte Young.
Dr. Rasmussen has also held the position of Musicologist for Naxos label (2003-2005), helping the development of its pioneering digital music service, NaxosMusicLibrary.com. She has served as ethnomusicology member of the Executive Board of CMS Southern Chapter (2011-2012). Prior to TSU, she has been on the faculty of Tennessee Tech, Middle Tennessee State and Vanderbilt Universities.
Dr. Rasmussen holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University, and a B.A. in Ethnomusicology (Department of Musicology) from the University of Sarajevo.
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