David VanderHamm







University of North Carolina at Greensboro


David VanderHamm is a lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He earned his Ph.D. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he completed his dissertation, “The Social Construction of Virtuosity: Musical Labor and the Valuation of Skill in the Age of Electronic Media,” in 2017. His research focuses on media and displays of musical labor across multiple genres of U.S. music from the twentieth century to today. David has presented widely at international, national, and regional conferences, including the Society for Ethnomusicology, the American Musicological Society, and the Society for American Music. His publications include “Preserving Heritage, Fostering Change: Accidental Archives in Country Music and Hip-Hop,” co-authored with Mark Katz (Public Historian 37, no. 4), and planned contributions to the Oxford Handbook of Phenomenological Ethnomusicology and the Oxford Handbook of Music and Advertising. In addition to his scholarly work, David remains active as a guitarist in classical and popular styles.