Schenker Wins Dissertation Prize
At the 2018 conference of the Society for American Music in Kansas City, postdoctoral teaching fellow Fritz Schenker was awarded the 2016 Wiley Housewright Dissertation Award. His dissertation, from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, is titled, “Empire of Syncopation: Music, Race, and Labor in Colonial Asia’s Jazz Age.”
As noted on the Society for American Music's website, "The Wiley Housewright Dissertation Award is designed to recognize a single dissertation on American music for its exceptional depth, clarity, significance, and overall contribution to the field. American music is interpreted in all its historical and contemporary styles and contexts, including, but not limited to art and popular musics, the musics of ethnic groups and minorities, and the full range of activities associated with music. 'America' is understood here to embrace North America (Canada, the United States, and Mexico), including Central America and the Caribbean, and aspects of its cultures elsewhere in the world."