Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
George Mason University
Website URL
Music, Musical Instruments, Museums, Decolonization
Additional Contact Information

Personal Info

About Me

Jayme Kurland is a PhD student in History at George Mason University. Her research interests include 20th century U.S. History with concentrations in labor history, women’s history, and  digital public history. Her dissertation project, Instrumental Women, will explore the essential roles women have played in the histories of musical instrument manufacturing. Prior to embarking on her PhD, Jayme was an adjunct professor of ethnomusicology at GMU.

Jayme has spent the last decade working as a music historian in museums and libraries.  From 2018-2019, she was the inaugural Robbin Collection Music Cataloger at Georgetown University Libraries, working with a collection of over 900 music manuscripts and letters. From 2013 to 2017, Jayme was the Curatorial Research Fellow in Musical Instruments at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. From 2009 to 2011, Jayme worked at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, AZ as a curatorial assistant.

Jayme is an elected board member of the American Musical Instrument Society (AMIS), where she serves as the editor of the ethnomusicology section of their blog, Of Note. As a member of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), she founded and co-chairs the Organology Special Interest Group, and serves as the official AMIS liaison to SEM.

Recent Publications
Kurland, Jayme. “Streamlined and Sonic: Harmonicas and Accordions Designed by John Vassos.”  Smithsonian Archives of American Art: The Primary Source (blog), April 30, 2019.
Kurland, Jayme. “The Sarangi: A Case Study In Colonialist Texts.” American Musical Instrument Society: Of Note (blog), October 31, 2018.
Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Holocaust & Nazi Persecution, Labor, Libraries & Archives, Material Culture, Museums, Public History, Women