David Fossum

Asst Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
0405
Asst Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
0405
Asst Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
0405

Biography

Dave Fossum is an assistant professor in the School of Music. Combining extensive ethnographic fieldwork and archival research, he studies ideas about creativity and intellectual property, focusing particularly on music in Turkey and Central Asia. He has received fellowships and grants from Brown University, the University of Pittsburgh, the American Research Institute in Turkey, and the Reed Foundation. He has published articles on traditional music in Turkmenistan and has presented papers at numerous conferences including The Society for Ethnomusicology, Analytical Approaches to World Music, and the East Coast Semiotic Anthropology Conference, among others. He is currently writing a monograph titled “A Cult of Anonymity in the Age of Copyright: Creativity and Policy in Turkey’s Music Industry.” The book examines how concepts of musical creativity inform and are shaped by Turkey's cultural policy, particularly in state broadcasting and in the realm of intellectual property law and administration. 

Education

  • Ph.D. Ethnomusicology, Brown University 2017
  • MA Ethnomusicology, Wesleyan University 2010
  • BA English (Comparative Literature), George Mason University 2002

Courses

Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
MHL 494 Special Topics
MHL 499 Individualized Instruction
MHL 590 Reading and Conference
MHL 598 Special Topics
MSI 601 Cont Topics in Music Research
MHL 691 Seminar
MHL 798 Research Colloquium
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
MHL 394 Special Topics
MHL 598 Special Topics

Expertise Areas