Assistant Professor, Musicology
PhD Harvard University
MA University of Maryland
BA College of William and Mary
Elizabeth Titrington Craft completed her PhD at Harvard University and taught at Wellesley College and Northeastern University before joining the faculty at the University of Utah. Her research crosses disciplinary boundaries to explore how music conveys sociopolitical values and constructs national identity, focusing especially on musical theater from the early twentieth century through the present. Her recent publications examine the politics and reception of the musical Hamilton (in the journal American Music), the George M. Cohan biopic Yankee Doodle Dandy (in The Oxford Handbook of Musical Theatre Screen Adaptations), and the musicals of Lin-Manuel Miranda (forthcoming in The Routledge Companion to the Contemporary Musical). Her work also appears in The Critical Companion to the American Stage Musical, Crosscurrents: American and European Music in Interaction, 1900–2000, the journal Studies in Musical Theatre, and New York Public Library’s Musical of the Month blog. She is currently writing a book on the Broadway musicals and cultural impact of the composer, playwright, actor, director, and producer George M. Cohan.
Dr. Craft offers courses on western classical and popular music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, opera, musical theater, and music of the United States as well as seminars on such topics as racial and ethnic representation on Broadway. She currently serves as the Honors Faculty Advisor for the School of Music.