Instructor, Music Theory
MM - Louisiana State University
BM - Vanderbilt University
Office: 166 Russell Hall
Phone: (319) 273-2492
James Newman Bennett received his B.M. in cello performance from Vanderbilt University and his M.M. in music theory from Louisiana State University. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in music theory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying with Brian Hyer and Leslie Blasius. He has taught at LSU and UW-Madison, most recently a graduate seminar on Béla Bartók’s The Miraculous Mandarin.
Bennett has presented papers at the Midwest Graduate Music Consortium and at the annual meetings of Music Theory Midwest and the Society for Music Theory. His most recent papers derive from his soon-to-be-completed dissertation, Explosions of Diversity: Béla Bartók’s Evolutionary Model of Folk Music as the Basis for an Interpretive/Analytical Framework.
At UW-Madison, Bennett received the University Dissertator Fellowship and the Caddock Award, which is presented every two years to the writer of the best graduate paper. Aside from Béla Bartók and evolutionary biology, Bennett’s current research interests include mathematical approaches to music—graph theory and category theory, for example—the Marxist critical tradition (particularly György Lukács and Alain Badiou), and the music theory of the 19th and early 20th centuries, such as that of Hans Mersmann and Moritz Hauptmann.