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Jonathan Rosenberg

Ph.D., Harvard University

Jonathan Rosenberg teaches twentieth-century U.S. history at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His research focuses on the history of the United States in a global context. His current project, Dangerous Melodies and Diplomatic Instruments: When Classical Music Mattered in America (W.W. Norton, forthcoming), explores the relationship between art and politics in twentieth-century America by examining the intersection between the world of classical music in the United States and the wider world. Spanning several decades, from World War I to the Cold War, the book focuses on America’s engagement with the world by considering how singers, instrumentalists, conductors, composers, music critics, and ordinary concertgoers linked the world of classical music to overseas developments; how international affairs shaped the work of opera companies and symphony orchestras; and how U.S. policy makers deployed classical music to advance the diplomatic objectives of the United States. In recent years, Rosenberg has given lectures and conference papers on this project at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki (May 2014); the Free University of Berlin (April 2014); the University of Antwerp (December 2013); Leiden University (September 2013); the University of Helsinki (May 2013); and Harvard University (March 2013).

Recent and forthcoming publications include:

“The African-American Freedom Struggle and the Cold War,” in The Oxford Handbook of American Foreign Relations, Robert Johnson, ed. (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).


“`To Reach… Into the Hearts and Minds of Our Friends’: American Symphonic Tours and the Cold War,” in Music and International History, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, ed. (Berghan Books, 2015).


“Leningrad Comes to America: The 1942 American Premiere of the Shostakovich Seventh Symphony,” in Asia Pacific in the Age of Globalization, Robert Johnson, ed. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).


“`The Best Diplomats Are Often the Great Musicians’: Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic Play Berlin,” New Global Studies 2014.


“America on the World Stage: Music and Twentieth-Century U.S. Foreign Relations,” Diplomatic History (January 2012).

In addition, Rosenberg is the author of How Far the Promised Land?: World Affairs and the American Civil Rights Movement from the First World War to Vietnam (Princeton University Press, 2006). He is the co-author of Kennedy, Johnson, and the Quest for Justice: The Civil Rights Tapes (W.W. Norton, 2003); and with John Lewis Gaddis and Ernest May, he co-edited Cold War Statesmen Confront the Bomb: Nuclear Diplomacy Since 1945 (Oxford University Press, 1999). Rosenberg has contributed articles and reviews to a variety of scholarly publications, and has written for The Christian Science Monitor and The Wilson Quarterly.


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