Rachel Lumsden, Assistant Professor of Music Theory, teaches courses in atonal music, women composers, feminist theory, and critical race theory. She has taught at FSU since 2016.
Her research interests are wide-ranging, and include experimental music, gender and race in British and American music, music by women composers, and music theory pedagogy. She is co-editor of The Norton Guide to Teaching Music Theory (W.W. Norton, 2018). Her peer-reviewed articles have been published in American Music, Black Music Research Journal, Feminist Studies, Music Theory Online (2017 and 2020), and Studies in American Humor. She has also contributed chapters to several edited collections, including the fourth volume of Analytical Essays on Music by Women Composers (ed. Parsons/Ravenscroft, forthcoming).
She has served on the Society for Music Theory’s Committee on the Status of Women, Committee on Race and Ethnicity, Student Presentation Award Committee, and is co-chair of the Work and Family Interest Group.
She earned the Ph.D. in music theory and a doctoral certificate in women’s studies from the CUNY Graduate Center, and M.M. degrees in music theory and flute performance from Queens College. She previously taught at Brooklyn College and the University of Oklahoma.