Pamela Potter

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Pamela M. Potter, Professor of Musicology, also holds affiliations with the School of Music and the Center for Jewish Studies. In addition to her formal education, she pursued post-graduate study in Berlin at the Free University and Hochschule der Künste, and she taught at Stanford University and at the University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign before coming to Madison. She has received grants from the Mellon Foundation, Fulbright, DAAD, the Social Science Research Council, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has conducted research throughout Germany, in Vienna, and in Tel Aviv.

Her interests concentrate on relating music, the arts, and the writing of cultural history to ideological, political, social, and economic conditions, focusing on twentieth-century Germany, Jewish music, and the impact of German emigration on American musical life. Her articles cover such topics as defining “Nazi music”; music and German national identity; musical life in Berlin; musicological propaganda during World War II; Richard Strauss and the Third Reich; political appropriations of Handel, Bach, and Wagner; anti-Semitism in German universities before Hitler; the emigration of German musicologists to the United States; the German influence on American music during the Cold War; and the historiography of the arts in Nazi Germany. She served as a consultant on German and Austrian musicologists for the Revised Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, to which she contributed several new and revised entries.

Potter is the author of Art of Suppression: Confronting the Nazi Past in Histories of the Visual and Performing Arts (Weimar and Now Series, University of California Press, 2016), Most German of the Arts: Musicology and Society from the Weimar Republic to the End of Hitler’s Reich (Yale University Press, 1998; German edition: Klett-Cotta Verlag, 2000), chosen as Choice Magazine outstanding academic book, and co-editor of Music and German National Identity (University of Chicago Press, 2002). She has served on the board of directors of the American Musicological Society; served on committees for the German Studies Association; was on the original editorial board of H-German, an internet discussion list on German history; and was Review Editor for the Journal of the American Musicological Society. Potter is the 1997 recipient of the Alfred Einstein Award of the American Musicological Society and the 2003 recipient of the University of Wisconsin’s prestigious H. I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship.