Dr. Ljerka Rasmussen
Music History, Ethnomusicology

Ljerka V. Rasmussen is an Associate Professor and Ethnomusicology Area Leader at Tennessee State University’s Department of Music, where she has taught courses in Music History and Ethnomusicology since 2006. She is also a member of TSU’s Honors College and Graduate School faculty.

Dr. Rasmussen’s scholarly research focuses on the musical traditions of East/Central Europe and the Balkans, exploring issues of identity, political transitions, and transnational forms of popular music. Her publications include articles in Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World (2017), and the edited volumes Balkan Popular Culture and the Ottoman Ecumene: Music, Image, and Regional Political Discourse (2007), Retuning Culture: Musical Changes in Central and Eastern Europe (1996), and Echo der Vielfalt – Echoes of Diversity (1995). Dr. Rasmussen is co-editor of Made in Yugoslavia: Studies in Popular Music (2020) and the author of Newly Composed Folk Music of Yugoslavia, the flagship volume in the Routledge series "Current Research in Ethnomusicology: Outstanding Dissertations" (2002). Her journalistic work includes interviews with Mark Slobin, Guy Clark, Louie Bellson, La Monte Young, and the associates of John Cage. From 2003 to 2005, she held the position of Musicologist for Naxos label, helping the development of its pioneering digital music service, Naxos Music Library.

Dr. Rasmussen holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University, Connecticut. She currently serves as president of TSU’s Lambda Delta Chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honor society.

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