Ben Teitelbaum

Instructor
Office: 
McKenna 212
Phone: 
(303) 492-2599

B.M. in nyckelharpa performance - Bethany College

Ph.D. in ethnomusicology - Brown University

Auxiliary studies - Eric Sahlström Institute, The Royal College of Music, Stockholm, and Harvard University.

Benjamin R. Teitelbaum is instructor and head of Nordic Studies. He teaches a variety of courses, including The Vikings, Norse Mythology, 19th and 20th Century Nordic Literature, Introduction to Modern Nordic Culture, Radical Nationalism, and Swedish language. Teitelbaum's research explores the intersections of race, nationalism, and expressive culture in the Nordic Countries, and he has conducted extensive ethnographic fieldwork among radical nationalist ideologues, activists, and musicians in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. His 2013 dissertation won the Joukowsky Family Foundation Outstanding Dissertation Award at Brown University as well as the Applied Research Award from Germany's Institute for the Study of Radical Movements. His manuscript Lions of the North: Sounds of the New Nordic Radical Nationalism is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. Teitelbaum has written and presented on topics ranging from folk-tune collecting in 1800s Sweden, white nationalist hip hop and reggae, and Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik. And his analysis and commentary on radical nationalism in Scandinavia has appeared in various print media and radio outlets in Sweden and Norway, including Aftonbladet, (Norwegian) Dagbladet, Dagens Nyheter, Sveriges Radio, and NRK Radio. In addition to research, Teitelbaum is also an active musician, specializing in Swedish folk music and Sweden's unofficial national instrument, the nyckelharpa. Having earned the first degree in nyckelharpa performance awarded outside Sweden, he tours nationally and internationally as a performer and teacher.