​Dr. Heather Buffington Anderson

With a sense of passion, Dr. Buffington Anderson encourages her students to use the research process as a way to develop and express their own thoughts and ideas about music.

Biography

Dr. Heather Buffington Anderson joined the Department of Music faculty at Claflin University in 2016, having previously taught music history courses at the University of Texas at Austin. She specializes in African American and American expressive cultures, music and politics, jazz, and popular music. She received her PhD in Musicology and a Portfolio in African and African Diaspora Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2016. She began her music studies as a violist and during her undergraduate education, she became passionate about history. Though she is a trained musicologist, Dr. Buffington Anderson approaches music history as a performer first and a historian second, and encourages her students to do the same. She has traveled extensively throughout her life and believes studying the historical and social contexts of music can promote cultural awareness. As a first-generation college graduate, Dr. Buffington Anderson deeply values the educational process and is committed to mentorship.

Education

  • PhD in Musicology with a Portfolio in African and African Diaspora Studies from the University of Texas at Austin
  • M.M. in Musicology from King’s College London
  • B.M. in Music Performance from the University of Northern Colorado

Research Interests

  • African American Music
  • Jazz Studies
  • Popular Music
  • Music and Politics
  • Twentieth-century American music
  • Eighteenth-century Italian music
  • Baroque performance practice
  • Black Studies
  • Music and Gender

Recent Publications

‘“The Poetess of Protest”: Locating Black Power Politics in Nina Simone’s Reinterpretation of the Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar and Langston Hughes,” in Oxford Handbook to Protest Music eds. Erik Drott and Noriko Manabe, (Oxford University Press, Forthcoming).

“Simone, Nina” American National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2014.

Recent Presentations

“’The Poetess of Protest’: Locating Black Power Politics in Nina Simone’s Reinterpretation of the Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar and Langston Hughes” Rethinking Protest Music. Princeton University. October 2015.

“Black Radio/Music Society: Examining Gender Politics of ‘Post-Genre’ Jazz.” Society for American Music. March 2015.

“’Her Whole Body Was an Instrument!’: Betty Carter and the Queering of Bop.” American Musicological Society. November 2014.

“Everybody Knows About Mississippi Goddam!” Linking Nina Simone’s Activism in Jazz Festival Performances. African American Music in World Culture. Boston University. March 2014.

Heather Buff Anderson
​Dr. Heather Buffington Anderson
Assistant Professor of Music History and Ethnomusicology
  • School of Humanities & Social Sciences
Contact
Music Building, 203
803-535-5076