Dr. Allison Robbins
Associate Professor/Academic Area Coordinator
Location/Building: Utt 211
Allison Robbins is a musicologist who specializes in Hollywood and Broadway musicals; music, identity, and race in the American West; and American popular music and dance traditions. She regularly teaches music-major courses in Western music history; general education courses on music and culture; and at the graduate level, research methods and bibliography.
A native of Kansas and North Dakota, Robbins received her undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and her doctorate from the University of Virginia, where she was a Jefferson Scholars Graduate Fellow. She began teaching at UCM in 2013, following a visiting position at the University of Tennessee.
Robbins has published articles in American Music, Journal of the Society for American Music, and Studies in Musical Theatre, and was invited to contribute essays in the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Improvisation in Dance (ed. Vida Midgelow) and Oxford Handbook of Musical Theatre Screen Adaptations (ed. Dominic McHugh). From 2015-2018, she served as an international partner with the Paris-based Labex Arts-H2H project Musical MC2. This three-year project on the film musical resulted in French and English publications and in an ongoing, collaborative digital humanities database of Hollywood musicals. Her current research projects focus on Bing Crosby’s performances on film and radio in the 1930s and on female impersonation in World War I American service shows.
Robbins enjoys playing piano, tap dancing, and playing percussion in the Warrensburg Community Band. She continues to study the drumming and dance traditions of West Africa, and with percussionist Alex Smith, is working to organize annual residencies with African musicians and dancers at UCM.