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  • Associate Professor of Theory
  • Head, Division of Theory/Composition
Office Phone: 512-471-3478
Office Location: MRH 3.730
  • Music Theory

Eric Drott received his PhD from Yale University in 2001, where he taught prior to coming to the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on contemporary music cultures, music and protest, genre theory, avant-garde movements in music, French cultural politics, and the sociology of music. His book, Music and the Elusive Revolution (University of California Press, 2011), examines music and politics in France after May ’68, in particular how different music communities (jazz, rock, contemporary music) responded to the upheavals of the period.

Prof. Drott has presented papers at national and international conferences, including the Society for Music Theory, the American Musicological Society, the International Musicological Society, the Modernist Studies Association, and the International Conference on Twentieth-Century Music. His articles have appeared in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, Musical Quarterly, Critical Inquiry, the Journal of Music Theory, the Journal of Musicology, as well as several collections of essays. He is also a recipient of a research fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Recent publications:
“Rereading Jacques Attali’s Bruits,” Critical Inquiry (Summer 2015)
“Resistance and Social Movements,” in The Routledge Reader on the Sociology of Music, ed. John Shephard and Kyle Devine (London: Routledge, 2015).
“The End(s) of Genre.” Journal of Music Theory, vol. 57 no. 1 (Spring 2013).
“Music and May ’68 in France: Practices, roles, representations.” In Dissenting Across Borders: Music and Protest in 1968. Ed. Beate Kutschke and Barley Norton. Cambridge University Press, 2013.
Music and the Elusive Revolution: Cultural Politics and Political Culture in France, 1968-1981 (University of California Press, 2011).

Recent papers:
“Genre in the Age of Algorithms.” Presented at the Inertia Conference on Sound, Media and the Digital Humanities, UCLA, April 30-May 2 2015.
“Performing Genres, Making Public Spheres.” Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin (April 2014).