Nominees for the Upcoming 2019 Election

For President


Mark Clague 

Mark Clague, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Musicology and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). Recent publications include the chapter “Harmonizing Music and Money” in the Cambridge Companion to Gershwin (Cambridge, 2019) and a chapter on the Atlanta School of Composers in Rethinking American Music (U.Illinois 2019). His books include The Star Spangled Songbook (2014) and The Memoirs of Alton Augustus Adams (U.California, 2008), and his articles have appeared in American Music, Black Music Research Journal, College Music Symposium, the Journal for the Society for American Music, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Opera Quarterly. As a music editor, he serves as Editor-in-Chief of the George and Ira Gershwin Critical Edition and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Music of the United States of America. His edition of An American in Paris was recently recorded by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. An advocate of public engagement in musicology, he has served as scholar-in-residence for the Detroit and San Francisco symphonies. Supported by an NEH fellowship, his current book project examines “The Star-Spangled Banner,” building upon his recording project Poets and Patriots (2013) and the website For SAM he has served on the Adrienne Fried Block Fellowship Committee (2017–), Development Committee (chair, 2017–), the JSAM Editorial Board, Publications Subvention Committee, JSAM Launch Committee, Nominating Committee, and Program Committee as was as Board Member-at-Large and Outreach Council Liaison (2012–15).


Daniel Goldmark 

Daniel Goldmark is Professor of Music and Director of the Center for Popular Music Studies at Case Western Reserve University. He is the author or editor of books on film, animation, and popular music, including Tunes for ‘Toons: Music and the Hollywood Cartoon (California, 2005), Jazz/Not Jazz: The Music and Its Boundaries (California, 2012), Sounds for the Silents: Photoplay Music from the Days of Early Cinema (Dover, 2013), Korngold and His World (Princeton, 2019), and the Grove Music Guide to American Film Music (Oxford, 2019), as well as the author of several scholarly articles on topics ranging from The Jazz Singer to Lady and the Tramp. Daniel is currently working on music for contemporary animation, music publishing in the early 1900s (especially in Cleveland), and the record industry in the late 20th century. He also edits the Oxford Music/Media Series for Oxford University Press. For SAM he has served on the Irving Lowens Book Award Committee, 2016-18 (chair, 2018), the Committee on Committee Governance (2015-16), the Nominating Committee (2013-15), Member at Large, Board of Trustees (2009-12), Program Committee (2005-07), and Site Selection Committee (2002-06).

For Member-at-Large


Candace Bailey

Candace Bailey is Professor of Musicology at North Carolina Central University, an HBCU in Durham. This year she is also a Fellow at the National Humanities Center and has received the Kate Van Winkle Keller Fellowship for Research in Early American Music and Dance at the American Antiquarian Society (co-sponsored by the Society for American Music). She was recently appointed to the Fulbright Specialists List for American Studies. Her publications include Women, Music, and the Performance of Gentility in the Mid-Nineteenth Century South (forthcoming); Charleston Belles Abroad: The Music Collections of Harriet Lowndes, Henrietta Aiken, and Louisa Rebecca McCord (University of South Carolina Press, 2019); Beyond Boundaries: Rethinking Music Circulation in Early Modern Britain (contributing co-editor, Indiana University Press, 2017); Music and the Southern Belle: From Accomplished Lady to Confederate Composer (SIU Press, 2010); “Binder’s Volumes as Commonplace Books: The Transmission of Cultural Codes in the Antebellum South,” Journal of the Society for American Music (2016); and other books, editions, and articles. She currently serves on the editorial board of Studies in British Music Cultures (Clemson University Press), and the AMS Council (member-at-large), and the membership committee of SAM. Past offices include president and vice-president of the North American British Music Studies Association, chair of the SAM Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, secretary of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music, and other various other posts.

Mark Davidson

Mark A. Davidson is Archives Director of the American Song Archives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which currently includes the Bob Dylan Archive, the Woody Guthrie Archive, and the collections of Cynthia Gooding, Phil Ochs, and Tom Paxton, among others. He is helping to create a brand-new Bob Dylan research center and museum in Tulsa—the Bob Dylan Center—which will open in 2021.

Mark earned his Ph.D. in Music (cultural musicology) from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2015, and wrote an incredibly long, and largely unread, dissertation on government-sponsored folk music collecting during the New Deal titled “Recording the Nation: Folk Music and the Government in Roosevelt’s New Deal, 1936–1941.” While he was ABD, Mark earned a second master’s degree (MSIS) at the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Information, where he focused on academic librarianship, music archiving, and audio preservation.

Mark’s research interests include popular and folk music, music and copyright, and music archiving, and he has presented his research at conferences for the Society for American Music, American Musicological Society, and at IASPM-US. His most recent essay, “Blood in the Stacks: Talking Bob Dylan, Archives, and Tulsa, Oklahoma,” will be included in the forthcoming volume The World of Bob Dylan (Cambridge University Press, 2021). 

Mark has worked for the Journal of the Society for American Music since 2008. He was assistant editor under Leta Miller before becoming the journal’s editorial associate (copy editor), a position he still holds.Mark has also served on the AMS Committee on Communications and SAM’s Committee on Contingent Workers and Independent Scholars.


Birgitta Johnson

Birgitta J. Johnson is a jointly appointed Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology in the School of Music and African American Studies Program at the University of South Carolina. Her research interests include music in African American churches, musical change and identity in black popular music, and community archiving. She has published articles in the Black Music Research Journal, Ethnomusicology Forum, Liturgy, Oxford Bibliographies in African American Studies and the Grove Dictionary of American Music. Her 2017 entry, “Gospel Music,” for the Oxford Bibliographies in African American Studies is the most extensive bibliographic resource for Black gospel music published since the 1990s. Her most recent publication is a chapter on Beyoncé and race-gender bias in pop music for the Lemonade Reader published by Routledge Press. She has forthcoming chapters on gospel archiving in the 21st century, gospel remixes of Beyoncé songs, and sacred themes in the music of Outkast from Oxford University, Wesleyan University, and the University of Georgia presses, respectively. She has been interviewed or featured in news and media outlets such as Rolling Stone Magazine, NPR, Vox, Public Radio International and South Carolina ETV. She attended and presented at her first SAM national conference in 2006 in Chicago, IL. In SAM, she has served on Membership Committee (2016-present), as co-chair of the Gospel and Sacred Music Interest Group (2018-present) and volunteering at the Development Committee’s SAM 2019 exhibit table in New Orleans. In addition to leadership service in the area of gospel and sacred music networks in SAM, Birgitta has been interested in building the presence of ethnomusicology in SAM as well as increasing SAM membership among ethnomusicologists and popular music scholars through her leadership in the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) as a former president of the Southeast and Caribbean Chapter for SEM and as a SEM Council member.


Kristen Turner

Kristen Turner considers SAM her professional home and, given her atypical career path and experience as a long-time contingent faculty member, would love to bring her perspective to the Board. She received an MA in Musicology from the Eastman School of Music in 1991 and spent the next 18 years working as a freelance oboist and teaching music history classes part-time at a variety of institutions (including two HBCUs, a woman’s college, and a community college). Currently she is a lecturer in the music department and honors program at North Carolina State University. In 2009, she began her doctoral studies at UNC-Chapel Hill where her dissertation on class and race in American operatic culture won a Haydon Award for an Outstanding Dissertation in Musicology. Her work on middlebrow musical culture in the United States at the turn of the twentieth century has appeared in the Journal of the Society for American Music, the Journal of Musicological Research, and several collected editions including The Cambridge Companion to Gershwin. She has served the Society as chair of the Hampsong Education Fellowship Committee and as the SAM representative to the American Musicological Society’s Committee on the Publication of American Music.