ben teitelbaum
Associate Professor
Ethnomusicology • International Affairs

Benjamin R. Teitelbaum is an Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology and International Affairs. He earned a Ph.D. from Brown University with auxiliary studies at the Royal College of Music, Stockholm and Harvard University, and a B.M., summa cum lade, in nyckelharpa performance from Bethany College. Prior to coming to the College of Music, Teitelbaum was Instructor and Head of Nordic Studies, also at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

A scholar of music, neofascism, and radical nationalism in the Nordic countries, topics featured in his publications include white nationalist hip hop and reggae, the listening habits of Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, the rise of anti-immigrant political parties in Scandinavia, and the ethical dilemmas facing researchers of organized racism. His 2013 dissertation won the Joukowsky Family Foundation Outstanding Dissertation Award at Brown University and the Applied Research Award from Germany's Institute for the Study of Radical Movements. His 2014 article "Saga's Sorrow: Femininities of Despair in the Music of Radical White Nationalism" (Ethnomusicology 58:3) won the Richard Waterman Prize for a study of popular music. His first book is Lions of the North: Sounds of the New Nordic Radical Nationalism (Oxford University Press, 2017).

Teitelbaum's commentary on music and politics has appeared in major European and American media outlets in addition to scholarly venues. He has contributed as an expert in Aftonbladet, Dagens Nyheter, Helsinge Sanomat, Berlingske, Swedish Radio, and Norwegian Radio, and has authored multiple op-eds in the New York Times, Foreign Policy, Dagbladet.

As a musician, Teitelbaum specializes in Swedish folk music and Sweden's unofficial national instrument, the nyckelharpa. Having earned the first degree in nyckelharpa performance awarded outside Sweden, he tours nationally and internationally as a performer and teacher.

As a teacher he has received awards from the department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, the Arts and Sciences Support of Education Through Technology initiative, and the program in International Affairs. 

He sits on the Council of the Society for Ethnomusicology and the Executive Council of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies.