The Institute Announces a New Advisory Board


In October 2017, the University of Tulsa announced the formation of the Institute for Bob Dylan Studies, which is designed to foster new work and innovative research into the one of the world’s most complex and influential artists. During its initial phase, this new organization hosted a wide array of events including a summit of local arts leaders, a symposium on how to integrate Dylan’s work into the classroom, and talks by some of the world’s leading pop music scholars. Having successfully launched, the Institute now aims to become a central hub for the study of Dylan’s music, arts, life, context and legacy.

In order to help launch the TU Institute for Bob Dylan Studies into its second phase, we have assembled a distinguished group of international scholars and researchers. This group includes:

  • Adam Bradley, Professor of English and Director of the Laboratory for Race & Popular Culture, University of Colorado
  • Debra Rae Cohen, Associate Professor of English and Editor of Modernism/modernity, University of South Carolina
  • John Covach, Professor of Music and Director of the Institute for Popular Music, University of Rochester
  • Kevin J.H. Dettmar, W.M. Keck Professor of English and Director of the Humanities Studio, Pomona College
  • Florence Dore, Professor of English, University of North Carolina
  • Leigh H. Edwards, Associate Professor of English, Florida State University
  • Simon Frith, OBE, Emeritus Professor of Music University of Edinburgh
  • Clinton Heylin, author, biographer, and Dylanologist
  • Allison McCracken, Associate Professor of American Studies, DePaul University
  • Keith Negus, Professor of Music, Goldsmiths, University College London
  • Bob Santelli, Executive Director, GRAMMY Museum
  • Gayle Wald, Professor of English and American Studies, George Washington University
  • John Troutman, Curator of American Music, National Museum of American History–Smithsonian
  • Richard F. Thomas, George Martin Lane Professor of Classics, Harvard University


This international and interdisciplinary advisory board will help guide TU’s Institute for Bob Dylan Studies through the next phase of its development as we plan a major international symposium, develop new publishing initiatives, and work to support innovative research in and around the Bob Dylan Archive.