Andrew Berish

Associate Professor
Humanities and Cultural Studies Department
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I am an Associate Professor in the Humanities and Cultural Studies Department at the University of South Florida (Tampa). My Ph.D. is in Musicology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and my current research focuses sentimentality in American popular music. I have also written on the relationship between musical expression and the social experience of space and place.

My book, Lonesome Roads and Streets of Dreams: Place, Mobility, and Race in Jazz of the 1930s and ’40s (University of Chicago Press, 2012), examines the ways swing-era jazz represented the geographic and demographic transformations of American life during the Great Depression and Second World War. I have also published on jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt (Jazz Perspectives) and his place in jazz history and musical practice. An essay on Duke Ellington in the 1930s will appear in The Cambridge Companion to Duke Ellington, and another essay on Ellington and his relationship to Tin Pan Alley will appear in Duke Ellington and His World (Princeton University Press).

At USF I teach courses on American life of the 1930s and ’40s, jazz and civil rights, the analysis of popular music, and the role of place and mobility in American historical experience.

Curriculum Vitae


    Listen to my interview with Matt Smith-Lahrman on the New Books in Popular Music Website.      



    Lonesome Roads and Streets of Dreams: Place, Mobility, and Race in Jazz of the 1930s and '40s. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012.      
    "Space and Place in Jazz," in The Routledge Companion to Jazz Studies, eds. Nicholas Gebhardt, Nichole Rustin-Paschal, and Tony Whyton. New York: Routledge. (forthcoming) 153-162.      
    “ ‘The Baritone with Muscles in his Throat’: Vaughn Monroe and Masculine Sentimentality during the Second World War,” Modernism/modernity, ┬áPrint Plus Volume 3, Cycle 2. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018. <>      
    “Duke Ellington in the 1930s,” in the Cambridge Companion to Duke Ellington, ed. Edward Green. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014.      

“Leisure, Love, and Dreams in Depression America: Duke Ellington and Tin Pan Alley Song,” Musical Quarterly 96 (Winter 2013): 339-368.


“Music and the Great Depression,” and “Charlie Barnet,” in The Grove Dictionary of American Music, Second Edition, Charles Garrett, editor-in-chief. Oxford University Press, 2013.

    “Space is Our Place: Trenton Doyle Hancock and Sun Ra,” Trenton Doyle Hancock. Tampa, FL: USF Contemporary Art Museum and Graphicstudio, 2012.      

“Negotiating ‘A Blues Riff’: Listening for Django Reinhardt’s place in American Jazz,” Jazz Perspectives 3, no. 3, Routledge/Taylor & Francis (2009): 233-264.


“ ‘I Dream of Her and Avalon’: 1930s Sweet Jazz, Race and Nostalgia at the Casino Ballroom,” Journal of the Society for American Music 2, no. 4, Cambridge University Press (November 2008): 531-567.


Book Review in Music and Letters 84, no. 4 Oxford University Press (November 2003). A double review of Susan Fast's Houses of the Holy: Led Zeppelin and the Power of Rock Music and Steve Waksman's Instruments of Desire: The Electric Guitar and the Shaping of Musical Experience.