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Krystal Klingenberg

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music



Krystal Klingenberg, PhD

Krystal Klingenberg comes to Swarthmore College from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford, where she is on leave from her position as Assistant Professor of Music History. She received her PhD in May of 2019 from the Music Department of Harvard University, with a secondary field in African and African American Studies. Her dissertation turned book project is on the creation and distribution of Ugandan popular music. It tackles questions of national identity in music, the status of copyright in Uganda today, and the growth of the Ugandan music industry. Krystal’s interests include global Black popular musics, digital media, pedagogy, and social justice. She is a member of the Society for Ethnomusicology and the African Studies Association and holds leadership positions in each. She is passionate about her students, enthusiastic about public ethnomusicology, and deeply invested in accurate portrayals of modern Africa. Service of those three domains energizes her daily.


Fall 2020
MUSI 005A. Music and Dance Cultures of the World
MUSI 005F. Black Popular Music: From “Race Music” to the Mainstream

Spring 2021
MUSI 003B. Listening to Jazz: Culture, Place, and Sound
MUSI 029. Africa Through Musical Ethnography