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David VanderHamm, Ph.D., is an interdisciplinary scholar of music and culture as well as an active guitarist. He earned his Ph.D. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he completed his dissertation on the social construction of virtuosity in 2017. His current research pursues the theme of virtuosities through both fieldwork and archival methods, exploring how wide-ranging displays and discourses of musical skill carry meaning for audiences in the U.S. during the age of electronic media. He has presented widely at national and international conferences, and his published work appears in American Music, Oxford Bibliographies, The Public Historian, and the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Music and Advertising and Oxford Handbook of Phenomenological Ethnomusicology. VanderHamm has previously taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the University of Denver.

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

“Virtuosity, Obviously:  Ravi Shankar, Historical Phenomenology, and the Valuation of Skill,” in Oxford Handbook of Phenomenological Ethnomusicology. Edited by Harris M. Berger and Kati Szego. Oxford University Press. (Contracted and Accepted Pending Minor Revisions).

“‘All those Homes Beyond the Microphone’: Advertising, Domesticity, and Early Country Music Variety Programs in the 1930s,” in Oxford Handbook of Music and Advertising. Edited by James Deaville, Ron Rodman, and Siu-Lan Tan. Oxford University Press. (In Production).

“Simple Shaker Folk: Appropriation, American Identity, and Appalachian Spring,” American Music 36, no. 4 (Winter 2018): 507-526.

“Virtuosity/Virtuoso.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Music. Ed. Bruce Gustafson. New York: Oxford University Press, January 2018.

“Preserving Heritage, Fostering Change: Accidental Archives in Country Music and Hip-Hop,” co-authored with Mark Katz, Public Historian 37, no. 4 (November 2015): 32–46.

Education and Certifications

Ph.D. Musicology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2017

M.A. Musicology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2013

M.M. Guitar Performance, University of Denver, 2011

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