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

Imig Music Building
Office N140

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.

Most of his research focuses on ideology and expressive culture in contemporary radical nationalist, populist, and neofascist movements. 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. And his first book, Lions of the North: Sounds of the New Nordic Radical Nationalism (Oxford University Press, 2017), received an honorable mention from the International Studies Association.

His second book, "War for Eternity: The Rise of the Far Right and the Return of Traditionalism," will be published in February 2020 by HarperCollins/Penguin. 

Teitelbaum's writing has appeared in major European and American media outlets in addition to scholarly venues. He has authored op-eds in the New York Times, Foreign Policy, Dagbladet, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Wall Street Journal, and the Atlantic and has contributed as an expert for NPR, Newsweek, Swedish Radio, Norwegian Radio, the BBC, Aftonbladet, Dagens Nyheter, Helsinge Sanomat, and Berlingske.

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. And 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.