Dr. Emily Rose McManus

This proj10978686_1376641619319244_7217304827823974637_nect is coordinated by Dr. Emily McManus, Assistant Professor of Musicology and Ethnomusicology at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame.  Dr. McManus earned a B.M. in Flute Performance (2004) from the University of Wyoming, an M.A. in Historical Musicology (2007) from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, and a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology (2011) from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Prior to coming to Saint Mary’s College, Dr. McManus worked as a Lecturer at Texas A&M University (College Station).

McManus has conducted ethnographic research on Argentine tango communities in Minneapolis, Minnesota and at tango festivals throughout the United States since 2006. Her research investigates how processes of cultural translation and adaptation informTango-jam-150x300 performance practice among the primarily white U.S. tango community, focusing particularly on the ways in which U.S. tanguera/os translate early 20th century Argentine ideas of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality to conform with their own identity politics as 21st century U.S. citizens. Examples of the latter include same-gender tango, queer tango, “negro-tango” advocacy and performance, and nuevo-tango soundscapes. In both her research and teaching, Dr. McManus is heavily invested in rural and urban North American ethnography and ethnography in everyday life. She enjoys incorporating ethnography projects into her classes when possible and hopes to provide students with the opportunity to become involved with their local, national, and international community(s).

At Saint Mary’s College, Dr. McManus teaches:

  • Music History I
  • Music History II
  • Global Music
  • American Popular Music
  • Latin American Music
  • Your Music, Your Life
  • Senior Seminar
  • SPLL 101