Sherrie Tucker

International & Interdisciplinary Studies - American Studies
Primary office:
213G Bailey Hall
1440 Jayhawk Blvd

Sherrie Tucker (Professor, American Studies, University of Kansas) is the author of Dance Floor Democracy: the Social Geography of Memory at the Hollywood Canteen (Duke, 2014), Swing Shift: “All-Girl” Bands of the 1940s (Duke, 2000) and co-editor, with Nichole T. Rustin, of Big Ears: Listening for Gender in Jazz Studies (Duke, 2008). She is a member of two major collaborative research initiatives: International Institute of Critical Improvisation Studies and Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice (for which she served as facilitator for the Improvisation, Gender, and the Body research area) both funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She is a founding member of the Melba Liston Research Collective, a member of the AUMI (Adaptive Use Musical Instrument) research team of the Deep Listening Institute, and founding member of AUMI-KU InterArts, one of six member institutions of the AUMI Research Consortium. She was the Louis Armstrong Visiting Professor at the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University in 2004-2005, where she was a member of the Columbia Jazz Study Group. With Randal M. Jelks, she co-edits the journal American Studies. She serves with Deborah Wong and Jeremy Wallach as Series Editors for the Music/Culture Series at Wesleyan University Press.


Ph.D., History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz

M.A., Women's Studies, San Francisco State University

M.A., Creative Writing, San Francisco State University

B.A., Creative Writing, San Francisco State University

Teaching Interests

  • Jazz studies
  • Improvisation studies
  • Gender
  • Feminist theory
  • Theories of race and ethnicity
  • Queer theory
  • Cultural Studies
  • Oral history
  • Popular culture
  • Theories of sexuality
  • Disability studies

Selected Publications

Dvorak, Abbey, and Sherrie Tucker. "The Adaptive Use Musical Instrument (AUMI): A Useful App for Inclusive Practice." Imagine: Music Therapy 8.1 (Fall 2017): 48-50.

Haaheim, Kip, Jesse Stewart, Sherrie Tucker, and Pete Williams. "AUMI-Futurism: the Elsewhere and "Elsewhen" of (Un)Rolling the Boulder and Turning the Page [Music and Arts in Action]." Music and Arts in Action 6.1 (2017): 21 p.

Tucker, Sherrie. poem for for too many brilliant scholars, not enough of whom are with us today. Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture Vol. 21. 2017: 1-2.

Tucker, Sherrie. "A Conundrum is a Woman-in-Jazz: Enduring Improvisations on the Categorical Exclusions of Being Included." Gender and identity in Jazz . Ed. Wolfram Knauer. Germany: Wolke Verlag Hofheim, 2016. 241-262. Darmstädter Beiträge zur Jazzforschung 14.

Tucker, Sherrie. "Jazz History Remix: Black Women from 'Enter' to 'Center'." Issues in African American Music. Ed. Portia Maultsby, Ed. Mellonee Burnim. New York: Routledge, 9 November 2016. 256-269.

Tucker, Sherrie. "‘Don’t Explain’: A Billie Holiday Book That Compels Us to Listen Instead." Rev. of Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth . Common Reader (26 July 2016): 8 p.

Tucker, Sherrie, Jaclyn Heyen, Christine Sun Kim, Leaf Miller, Pauline Oliveros, Neil Rolnick, Clara Tomaz, and David Whalen. "Stretched Boundaries: Improvising Across Abilities." Negotiated Moments: Improvisation, Sound, and Subjectivity. Ed. Ellen Waterman, Ed. Gillian Siddall. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 4 March 2016. 181-198.

Tucker, Sherrie. "Where is the Jazz in Jazzercise?" Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture 19.2015 (2015): 18-26.

Tucker, Sherrie. Dance Floor Democracy: The Social Geography of Memory at the Hollywood Canteen. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, October 2014.

Hairston-O'Connell, Monica, and Sherrie Tucker. "Not One to Toot Her Own Horn(?): Melba Liston’s Oral Histories and Classroom Presentations." Black Music Research Journal (Chicago: University of Illinois Press) 34.1 (Spring 2014): 121-158.

Tucker, Sherrie. "It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't in the History Books (reprint, excerpt of Swing Shift: 'All-Girl' Bands of the 1940s)." Keeping Time: Readings in Jazz History, 2nd Edition. New York: Oxford University Press, March 2014. 111-118.

Tucker, Sherrie. "Swing: from Time to Torque (Dance Floor Democracy at the Hollywood Canteen)." Ed. Gerald Early. Daedalus: Journal of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences 142.4 (Fall 2013): 82-97.

Tucker, Sherrie. "Beyond the Brass Ceiling: Dolly Jones Trumpets Modernity in Oscar Micheaux's Swing!" Jazz Perspectives 3.1 (2009): 3-34.

Rustin, Nichole T, Tucker, Sherrie (Ed.). Big Ears: Listening for Gender in Jazz Studies. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2008.

Tucker, Sherrie. "When Did Jazz Go Straight?: A Queer Question For Jazz Studies." Critical Studies in Improvisation/Etudes critiques en improvisation 4.2 (2008).

Tucker, Sherrie. "Telling Performances: Jazz History Remembered and Remade by the Women in the Band." Unequal Sisters: A Multicultural Reader in U.S. Women's History. 4th ed. New York: Routledge, 2007. 466-477.

Tucker, Sherrie. "Deconstructing the Jazz Tradition: The Subjectless Subject of New Jazz Studies." The Source: Challenging Jazz Criticism 2 (2005): 31-46.

Tucker, Sherrie. "Bordering on Community: Improvising Women Improvising Women-in-Jazz." The Other Side of Nowhere: Jazz, Improvisation, and Communities in Dialogue. Ed. Ajay Heble, Ed. Daniel Fischlin. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan, 2004. 244-267.

Tucker, Sherrie. A Feminist Perspective on New Orleans Jazz Women. 2004.

Tucker, Sherrie. "When Subjects Don't Come Out." Queer Episodes in Music and Modern Identity. Ed. Sophie Fuller, Ed. Lloyd Whitesell. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2002. 293-310.

Tucker, Sherrie. Swing Shift: "All-Girl" Bands of the 1940s. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2000.

Selected Presentations

Miller, L. & Tucker, S. . (11/04/2017). AUMI: Improvisation across Abilities in Collaboration and Community. Legacies of Pauline Oliveros. Brooklyn College, New York

Haaheim, K. & Tucker, S. . (10/21/2017). Improvising Inclusive Communities. International Symposium on Assistive Technology for Music and Art. EMPAC, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Tucker, S. . (09/01/2017). The Best of Jazz, The Worst of Jazz: Why I've Been Playing the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument. Re/Sounding Jazz. Rhythm Changes, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Tucker, S. & . (05/11/2017 - 05/12/2017). Interrogating the Nation/Repositioning U.S. Music in the 21st Century, Exploratory Seminar, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, led by Carol Oja and Charles Hiroshi-Garrett.. Harvard University

Tucker, S. . (01/21/2017). Jim Crow Away From Home: Dance Floor Democracy at Three California USO's. "World War II and the Home Front in Southern California," Historical Society of Southern California Annual Conference. University of Laverne, California. Available Here

Tucker, S. . (06/13/2016 - 06/15/2016). Jazz Now, Exploratory Seminar, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, led by Ingrid Monson and Vijay Iyer.. Harvard University. Available Here

Abbey, D. Sherrie, T. Kip, H. & Elizabeth, B. . (04/09/2016). "'Do you AUMI?' Using the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument (AUMI) in Clinical and Research Settings". Midwestern Regional Conference of the American Music Therapy Association . St. Louis, MO

Tucker, S. . (02/05/2016). Dance Floor Democracy: The Social Geography of Memory at the Hollywood Canteen. Music Department, Case Western University. Cleveland, Ohio

Tucker, S. Callahan, D. Randall, A. Hairston-O'Connell, M. McMullen, T. Murchison, G. Wilbourne, E. &, t. . (12/12/2015). Where is the Jazz in Jazzercise? Women, Music, Power: A Celebration of Suzanne G. Cusick's Work. Columbia University, New York.

Tucker, S. . (10/08/2015). A Conundrum is a Woman-in-Jazz: Continual Improvisations on the Categorical Exclusions of Being Included. Judy Tsou Lecture. Skidmore College

Tucker, S. . (10/03/2015). A Conundrum is a Woman-in-Jazz: Continual Improvisations on the Categorical Exclusions of Being Included. JazzForum. Jazzinstitut Darmstadt

Barg, L. Kernodle, T. Spencer, D. Tucker, S. & Hairston-O'Connell, M. . (08/07/2015). The Research Needs of All of Us: Bridging Scarcity with Collaborative Praxis. Feminist Theory and Music XIII. Madison, WI. Available Here

Boresow, E. Dvorak, A. Heffner Hayes, M. & Tucker, S. . (06/07/2015). AUMI-KU InterArts. Improvisation and Community Health. Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Tucker, S. . (11/14/2014). Writing on a Crowded Dance Floor: a Multi-perspectival Approach to Raced and Gendered Bodies in Co-Motion at the Hollywood Canteen (1942-1945) . National Women's Studies Association. San Juan, Puerto Rico

Hairston-O'Connell, M. & Tucker, S. . (11/09/2014). Revisiting Central Avenue through Melba Liston’s Oral Histories . American Studies Association. Los Angeles, California

Mizumura-Pence, R. & Tucker, S. . (07/10/2014). Four Rehearsals and a Performance: Practice Based Research at AUMI-KU InterArts. Deep Listening Art/Science Conference. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York

Tucker, S. Wong, D. Gonzales, M. & . (04/26/2014). Improvising New Communities with Bodies in Motion Roundtable. Pop Conference. Experience Music Project, Seattle, WA

Tucker, S. . (04/04/2014). Dance Floor Democracy: The Social Geography of Memory at the Hollywood Canteen. Music Department, American Culture Department, and Center for the Humanities. Washington University, St. Louis

Tucker, S. . (02/22/2014). Not the Whole Story(ville): Learning from New Orleans Jazzwomen. Carolina Jazz Festival. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Tucker, S. . (03/13/2013). Not the Whole Story(ville): Learning from New Orleans Jazzwomen. Sylvia Frey Lecture, New Orleans Center for the Gulf South. . Tulane University, New Orleans, LA.

Selected Grants

Tucker, Sherrie, (Principal), Dvorak, Abbey, (Co-Principal), Haaheim, Kip, (Co-Principal), Persley, Nicole Hodges, (Co-Principal), Hayes, Michelle Heffner, (Co-Principal), Improvising Inclusive Communities with the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument, National Endowment for the Arts - Art Works Grant (Presenting and Multidisciplinary Works), $35,000, Submitted 11/17/2016 (01/01/2017 - 12/31/2017) . Federal. Status: Funded.

Dvorak, Abbey, Haaheim, Kip, Heffner Hayes, Michelle, Hodges Persley, Nicole, Tucker, Sherrie, , Improvising Inclusive Communities: From the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument to the Center for Improvisation Studies, The Commons, University of Kansas, $9,886, Submitted 04/29/2016 (01/01/2016 - 12/31/2017) . University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.

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