Philip BOHLMAN
Ludwig Rosenberger Distinguished Service Professor in Jewish History, University of Chicago
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Philip V. Bohlman is Ludwig Rosenberger Distinguished Service Professor in Jewish History at the University of Chicago, where he is also a member of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Besides that, he is a member of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, the Center for Eastern European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, the Affiliated Faculty, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, and Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture. Besides that he is the Artistic Director at “The New Budapest Orpheum Society”, Ensemble-in-Residence, University of Chicago, Honorarprofessor in Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover, Fellow at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy.

He completed his studies of B.M. in Piano (1975) at University of Wisconsin-Madison, M.M. in Ethnomusicology/Musicology (1980), and Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology/Musicology (1984) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with the dissertation: “The Musical Culture of Central European Jewish Immigrants to Israel”.

His additional teaching and research positions include, among others, Centre Marc Bloch, Französisch-deutsche Universität, Berlin Sommerschule, Universität der Künste, Berlin, Summer 2012, Research Fellow, Phonogramm-Archiv, Ethnologisches Museum der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin (June-October 2012), and visiting professor at the University of Zagreb (summer semester 2018).

He served as co-editor (with Federico Celestini) in Acta Musicologica (2010-15, 2015-20), General Editor in “Recent Researches in the Oral Traditions of Music”, A-R Editions, Co-General Editor in “Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology”, The University of Chicago Press, Advisory Editor in “World Music Series” ABC-CLIO Books (2000–2006) and Co-Series Editor (with Martin Stokes), “Europea: Ethnomusicologies and Modernities”, Rowman and Littlefield.

Besides that, Philip Bohlman serves as associate editor in Grove Music Online, Oxford University Press and in the Editorial Board, H-Music: H-Net Network Music in History.

His academic and professional honors include the 2017 Koizumi Fumio Prize from the Koizumi Fumio Memorial Foundation, Japan, awarded “for his contribution to ethnomusicology with special reference to diverse research methods and perspectives on world music”; 2017 Ruth A. Solie Award of the American Musicological Society, awarded “each year to a collection of musicological essays of exceptional merit published during the previous year in any language and in any country and edited by a scholar or scholars” (for Jazz Worlds/ World Jazz, coedited with Goffredo Plastino); as well as the 2015 Bruno Nettl Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology for the Outstanding Contribution to the History of Ehnomusicology (for The Cambridge History of World Music) and the 2013 Jaap Kunst Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology for the Outstanding Article in Ethnomusicology (for “Analysing Aporia,” in Twentieth-Century Music).

Philip Bohlman has given invited lectures and keynote addresses, such as “The Voice of the People, a Song, a Notable Phrase, a Rhyme, Managed to Survive”: The Birth of Musical Aesthetics and the End of Global History, XXIst Century Challenges to the History of XVIIIth Century Musical Aesthetics in Turin, June 12, 2018; “Lifted Up from the Earth at the Very Moment of Death”: Music beyond Itself, address at the Japanese Musicological Society in Kobe, May 26, 2018; Lieux d’histoire and the Historical Record” Captured Sounds: Collecting, Storing, Sharing, Humboldt Forum Berlin, May 16, 2018; „Gesang liebt Menge – Musikalische Einheiten in der Einheit der Nation“, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, May 24, 2017.