Alyssa Wells

Historical Musicology


Dissertation: “Falling Out of Step: Belonging, Grit and Drum Corps International's Moment of Reckoning” (2022)

Alyssa Wells’s dissertation articulates how marching bands in the United States function as forces of social influence through theories of whiteness, masculinity, and militarism. Alyssa’s secondary research area focuses on composer Hanns Eisler and music festivals in the German Democratic Republic. She completed master’s degrees at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Musicology (M.M.) and German and Scandinavian Studies (M.A.), where her work on Eisler received funding from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). In her free time, she enjoys camping, cooking, telling terrible jokes, and making annoying puns.


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