benjamin teitelbaum
Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology • Coordinator of Non-Major Studies
Musicology

Benjamin R. Teitelbaum is Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology and Affiliate Faculty in 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, he was Instructor and Head of Nordic Studies, also at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Teitelbaum is a scholar of contemporary radical nationalist and neofascist movements, as well as traditional music of Scandinavia. Most of his research focuses on the politics and expressive culture of populist or white nationalist groups in Europe. 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 for NPR, Newsweek, Swedish Radio, Norwegian Radio, the BBC, Aftonbladet, Dagens Nyheter, Helsinge Sanomat, and Berlingske, and has authored op-eds in the New York Times, Foreign Policy, Dagbladet, the Wall Street Journal, and the Atlantic.

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 pedagogue, 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.