Delia Casadei, a musicologist specializing in 20th-century Italy has joined The UC Berkeley Department of Music as an Assistant Professor. A native of Italy, Casadei completed her undergraduate and Master’s degree at King’s College London. She earned her Ph.D. from University of Pennsylvania, where she was awarded a Hopkinson Graduate Research Fellowship, a Mellon Humanities Fellowship, and Alvin H. Johnson AMS 50 Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Casadei spent the last year at Jesus College in Cambridge where she completed a Junior Research Fellowship.
“I am honored to join the music department at Berkeley, a place I have long admired from afar” said Casadei. “Since arriving a couple of months ago I have had many exciting conversations with historians, ethnomusicologists, performers and composers, and most importantly students. This is a strange and sometimes frightening time to be in the U.S. and I feel privileged to share the campus with people who are passionate and ask difficult questions about the world that surrounds them.”
Casadei’s research focuses on the politics of the voice’s relationship to language, particularly in the Italian twentieth century. Her thesis examined this relationship by way of Milan in the 1950s-70s, and she is currently researching her first book, which will examine key political theories formulated in Italy between the 1950s and today and the manner in which these approaches are tied to the use of recording technology. Aside from her research on 20th century Italian musicology, Casadei also studies the historical relationship of music and laughter in the twentieth century.