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David Stowe

Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies
U.S. Culture Studies | Music | Religious Studies

Office: C617 Wells Hall
Phone: (517) 355-7575

David W. Stowe teaches English and Religious Studies at Michigan State University. His most recent book is No Sympathy for the Devil: Christian Pop Music and the Transformation of American Evangelicalism (UNC Press 2011, pbk. 2013). His previous book, How Sweet the Sound: Music in the Spiritual Lives of Americans (Harvard, 2004), won the Deems Taylor Award from ASCAP. Stowe’s first book, Swing Changes: Big Band Jazz in New Deal America (Harvard, 1994), was published in Japanese by Hosei University Press. While on leave from Michigan State University, Stowe taught at Doshisha University’s Graduate School of American Studies in Kyoto, Japan, where he also served as Associate Dean. During the 2012-13 academic year, Stowe held a research fellowship at Yale’s Institute of Sacred Music, researching and writing a book on the cultural history of Psalm 137.


ENG210: Foundations of Literary Study
AMS210: Introduction to American Studies
REL205: Myth, Self, and Religion
REL215: The Sound of World Religions
IAH201: United States and the World
IAH211: Sacred Music of the Asia-Pacific
MUS410: Jazz History
AMS 881 American Studies Theory, Methods, and Bibliography
AMS 891 Music, Culture, and Power