Danielle Fosler-Lussier

Danielle Fosler-Lussier

Danielle Fosler-Lussier

Professor of Music



101A Hughes Hall
1899 College Rd
Columbus, OH 43210

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  • Ph.D., Music, University of California, Berkeley (1999)
  • M.A., Music, University of California, Berkeley (1994)
  • B.A., Music, University of Pennsylvania (1991)


Danielle Fosler-Lussier is professor in the School of Music at The Ohio State University.

Her research on music and Cold War politics in Eastern and Western Europe and the United States has been supported by an AMS-50 dissertation fellowship as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the International Research and Exchanges Board, the Eisenhower Foundation, and the Mershon Center for International Security Studies.

Fosler-Lussier is the author of three books:

  • Music Divided: Bartók's Legacy in Cold War Culture (University of California Press, 2007)
  • Music in America’s Cold War Diplomacy (University of California Press, 2015), supported by three grants from the Mershon Center and accompanied by an online database of U.S. cultural presentations from the 1950s to the 1980s
  • Music on the Move (University of Michigan Press, 2020), an open-access e-book about migration and mediation with more than 100 audio/video examples.

Fosler-Lussier’s other publications about U.S. government sponsorship for musical performances include “Music Pushed, Music Pulled: Cultural Diplomacy, Globalization, and Imperialism,” Diplomatic History (January 2012); “Cultural Diplomacy as Cultural Globalization: The University of Michigan Jazz Band in Latin America,” Journal of the Society for American Music (February 2010); and “American Cultural Diplomacy and the Mediation of Avant-garde Music,” Sound Commitments: Avant-garde Music and the Sixties, edited by Robert Adlington (Oxford University Press, 2009).

Her teaching and research interests include music as a site of international contact and exchange, 20th century music, and the music of Joseph Haydn.

Faculty Links

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Department web page

Media Links

Arts and Sciences: Fosler-Lussier's Book Explores Musicians as Diplomats (2016)
School of Music: Fosler-Lussier publishes book, "Music in America's Cold War Diplomacy" (2015)

Mershon Projects

The United States Information Agency: Sponsoring America’s Musical Diversity (2015-16)
American Music, Global Messages: Building Bridges to the Cold War World (2012-13, 2013-14)
What Can Cultural Diplomacy Do? American Musicians as Cold War Ambassadors (2010-11)
American Musicians in Cold War Cultural Diplomacy (2008-09)