Hannah Lewis

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Associate Professor of Musicology

Hannah Lewis is a musicologist who specializes in music for film and visual media, American popular music traditions, musical theater, early twentieth-century French music, and American avant-garde and experimental music. She is the author of French Musical Culture and the Coming of Sound Cinema (Oxford University Press, 2019) and co-editor (with Jim Buhler) of Voicing the Cinema: Film Music and the Integrated Soundtrack (University of Illinois Press, 2020). Her work has also appeared in the Journal of the American Musicological SocietyJournal of the Society for American MusicJournal of Musicological ResearchMusical Quarterly, French Screen Studies, The Cambridge Companion to Film Music, and The Soundtrack, and she presents regularly at national and international conferences, including the American Musicological Society, Society for American Music, and Music and the Moving Image. 

She is currently working on two new books, one on the 2016 film musical La La Land, and one titled Rodgers and Hammerstein on Screen. In 2019, she received a collaborative research grant (with Media Studies professor Suzanne Scott) through UT’s Office of the Vice President of Research titled “The Cultural Impact of ‘The Eyes of Texas’: Antiracist Activism, Participatory Singing, and Fan Identity,” which explores the affective attachment different stakeholders have to the song, and how stakeholders navigate their relationship with the song with their lived identities (race, class, etc.). She received her PhD from Harvard University in 2014 and has been teaching at BSOM since then. 


MUS 312C
Music and Culture

MUS 337
Music and Film Sound

MUS 342
U.S. Music

MUS 379K
American Musical

UGS 303
The American Musical

MUS 385J
Historiographies of U.S. Music

MUS 385J
The Film Musical

MUS 385J
Opera and Cinema

French Musical Culture and the Coming of Sound Cinema
Oxford University Press

Voicing the Cinema: Film Music and the Integrated Soundtrack 
University of Illinois Press

Contact Information


Campus location
MRH 3.738

Teaching Areas


Research Areas

Music in Film and Visual Media

Musical Theater

American Music

Opera and Cinema

20th and 21st Century Music


Doctor of Philosophy
Harvard University 

Bachelor of Arts
Brown University