Samantha Cooper

Samantha Cooper

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Samantha Cooper

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New York University

Dr. Samantha M. Cooper is a historical musicologist who specializes in American Jewish cultural history. She received her Ph.D. in Historical Musicology at New York University in 2022 for her doctoral dissertation, entitled “Cultivating High Society: American Jews engaging European Opera in New York, 1880-1940.” As a Starr Fellow, Samantha will work on her first monograph, Undesirables in the Diamond Horseshoe: A Jewish History of the New York Opera Industry. Samantha’s research has been supported by fellowships from the Center for Jewish History, the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, P.E.O. International, the American Academy for Jewish Research, and Temple University’s Feinstein Center for American Jewish History. Her publications have appeared in the Journal of the Society for American MusicJournal of Synagogue MusicJournal of Musicological ResearchSociety for American Music Bulletin, and Musica Judaica. Samantha currently serves as the Associate Executive Director of the Jewish Music Forum, a Project of the American Society for Jewish Music.