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Erin Bauer is Assistant Professor of Musicology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she teaches the music history sequence and a variety of ethno/musicology electives.
Dr. Bauer's research examines the construction of sociocultural identity through systems of globalization. In particular, she explores the interconnection between genre and identity as a contemporary implication of global processes (media/migration, hybridization, and appropriation). Her current book project addresses the worldwide spread of Texas-Mexican accordion music, called conjunto, a regional tradition historically forming a symbol of working-class, cultural identity. In addition, Dr. Bauer’s work confronts the relationship between Latinx/Chicanx musical traditions and issues of social justice.
Dr. Bauer has presented her research at national and international conferences. Her writing appears in Rock Music Studies, a number of essay collections, the Latin American Music Review, and Latino Studies. Her article on the international adoption of Texas-Mexican conjunto earned Honorable Mention for the Jaap Kunst Prize, awarded by the Society for Ethnomusicology and representing the most significant article in ethnomusicology published in 2016.
Prior to her time at UW-W, Dr. Bauer spent three years as Director of Instrumental Music at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Before that, she spent ten years teaching math, physics, and music at the secondary level in Texas and California. She holds BAs in physics and music (piano) from Colorado College and an MA and Ph.D. in musicology from Claremont Graduate University.