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Elizabeth T. Craft

Assistant Professor, Musicology

PhD Harvard University
MA University of Maryland
BA College of William and Mary

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Phone: 801-587-3207
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Elizabeth Titrington Craft is an Assistant Professor in the School of Music 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 (in The Routledge Companion to the Contemporary Musical). Her work also appears in the journal Studies in Musical Theatre and the volumes The Critical Companion to the American Stage Musical and Crosscurrents: American and European Music in Interaction, 1900–2000. She is currently working on a book on the Broadway musicals and cultural impact of the composer, playwright, actor, director, and producer George M. Cohan.   

Dr. Craft serves as the Honors Faculty Advisor for the School of Music and as co-chair, with McKay Music Library Director Lisa Chaufty, of the School of Music’s Student Success, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Library Committee.

Recent Courses

  • Musical Theater and Society
  • Performing Race on Broadway
  • Opera Studies
  • Music of the United States
  • Music History III: Late 19th Century to the Present

Selected Publications

 “‘Can We ‘Leave Behind the World We Know’? Exploring Race and Ethnicity in the Musicals of Lin-Manuel Miranda.” In The Routledge Companion to the Contemporary Musical, ed. Sternfeld and Wollman. New York: Routledge, 2019.

“‘A Great American Service’: George M. Cohan, the Stage, and the Nation in Yankee Doodle Dandy.” In The Oxford Handbook of Musical Theatre Screen Adaptations, ed. McHugh. New York: Oxford University Press, 2019.

“Headfirst into an Abyss: The Politics and Political Reception of Hamilton.” Special issue: Hamilton. American Music 36, no. 4 (2018).          

“Interdisciplinary Approaches to Studying the Stage Musical,” co-authored with Joanna Dee Das. In The Critical Companion to the American Stage Musical by Elizabeth L. Wollman. London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017.

“Nadia Boulanger and Her American Composition Students: An Exhibition,” co-authored with Sarah Adams. In Crosscurrents: American and European Music in Interaction, 1900–2000, ed. Meyer, Oja, Rathert, and Shreffler. Woodbridge, Suffolk: The Boydell Press, 2014.

“‘Is This What It Takes Just to Make It to Broadway?!’: Marketing In the Heights in the Twenty-First Century.” Special Issue: “A Mark, a Yen, a Buck, or a Pound: Money and the Stage Musical at the Millennium.” Studies in Musical Theatre 5, no. 1 (2011).

Last Updated: 7/12/22