Joanna Bosse

Associate Dean for Academic Programs & Professor 

Contact Info

Office: C210F Snyder Hall
Phone: 517-884-6005


PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Master of Music, Michigan State University
Bachelor of Music, Houghton College
Pia Banzhaf

Joanna Bosse is an ethnomusicologist and dance ethnographer. She has conducted fieldwork in dancehalls in the Midwestern United States, studying the performance of couple dance genres like salsa, swing, tango, and ballroom. Her work on popular culture involves the relationship between music and dance as well as the dynamics of affinity groups, cross-cultural encounters, and amateur performance. Her research on whiteness, race, and performance appears in The Journal of American Folklore, Dance Research Journal, American Music, and elsewhere. Before joining MSU, Joanna taught at Bowdoin College and Millikin University. When not in her office, Joanna enjoys dancing, “musicking,” swimming, and playing in the park with her daughter, Ellery.