Krystal Klingenberg

Assistant Professor of Music History

Music History

The Hartt School
860.768.4164 F 328

PhD, Harvard University

MA, Harvard University

BA, Princeton University

Krystal Klingenberg received her PhD from the Music Department of Harvard University, with a secondary field in African and African American Studies. She was a 2018–19 Jackie McLean Fellow at the University of Hartford's The Hartt School. Her dissertation was on the creation and distribution of Ugandan popular music. It tackles questions of national identity in music, the status of copyright in Uganda today, and the growth of the Ugandan music industry. Krystal’s interests include African music, African American music, popular music, digital media, pedagogy, and social justice. She is a member of the African Studies Association and the Society for Ethnomusicology. She has presented at both national conferences and holds leadership roles within the memberships, being a co-organizer of the Uganda Studies Group within the ASA and having been recently elected to the SEM Council. Krystal has taught for classes on African American popular music, Jazz history, world music, jazz performance, and African history. She is passionate about her students and is deeply invested in accurate portrayals of modern Africa. Service of those two domains energizes her daily.