Work & Experience


Ph.D., Music, The Ohio State University, December 2011

Dissertation: “Fashionable Innovation: Debussysme in Early Twentieth-Century France.”
Advisor: Dr. Danielle Fosler-Lussier

M.A., Music History and Literature, University of Maryland, College Park, May 2006

Thesis: “A New Approach to Robert Schumann’s Kerner-Liederreihe, op. 35”
Advisor: Dr. Barbara Haggh-Huglo. Co-reader: Dr. Peter Beicken

B.A., Music (Piano Emphasis), Truman State University, May 2004

Summa cum laude, German minor
Pupil of Dr. Janice Saffir, piano


Harrison, J (2015). “The Spiritualiste Connection: Stylistic Affinity and Structural Homology between Bergson and Debussy.” Revista Musica em Contexto. In press.

Harrison, J (2014). “A Report on and Response to Studying Music, a Conference Recently Held in Honor of Simon Frith.” Hellenic Journal of Music, Education, and Culture 5(1).

Harrison, J (2015). Review of Details of Consequence: Ornament, Music, and Art in Paris by Gurminder Kaur Bhogal. Music Reference Services Quarterly 18(1): 52-54.


“Social Division and Integration at Istanbul Concerts.” Presented at Musique en Démocracie: acteurs, institutions, pratiques, discours, Philharmonie de Paris, November 5, 2015.

“Social Processes and Collaborative Creativity in the Debussyste Movement.” Presented at Studying Music, Edinburg, April 9, 2014.

“André Caplet and Henri Rabaud, Two Different Debussystes.” Presented at the Fall Meeting of the American Musicology Society, Midwest Chapter, September 30, 2012.

“Debussy, the Hypnotist.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Nineteenth- Century Studies Association, Asheville, NC, March 24, 2012.

“As Though Heard from Afar: Score Indications in Debussyste Compositions.” Presented at the Hayes Forum for Graduate Research, The Ohio State University, March 4, 2011.

“Debussy’s Influence on French Salon Music Composers, 1902-1930.” Presented at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society, Indianapolis, November 6, 2010.

“Pop Debussysme: Debussy’s Influence on French Salon Music.” Presented in the series Lectures in Musicology, The Ohio State University, October 25, 2010.

“The Genesis of Robert Schumann’s Kerner-Liederreihe, op. 35.” Presented at the Robert Schumann Bicentennial Festival-Conference at the University of Maryland, College Park, October 19, 2010.

Positions Held

Assistant Professor, Istanbul Technical University, 2013-present

History of 20th-Century Music (all courses for graduate music students)
19th-Century European Art Music
Topics in French Art Music of the Belle Époque
Composer Studies: Music of Selected French Composers
Selected French Composers
Music History Survey I and II
Performance Studies
Music and Sociology
Music and Semiotics
Music Cognition
Music Cultures of the United States
The German Lied and the French Chanson
Foundations of Musicology

Visiting Assistant Professor, Michigan State University, Spring 2012

19th-Century European and American Literature, for advanced music majors
The Music of Debussy, for graduate music students
The 19th-Century German Lied and Character Piece, for graduate music students

Lecturer, The Ohio State University, 2010-2012

Music 252: The History of Rock and Roll, online course for non-majors
Music 3347: From Bach to Beethoven, for non-majors

Course Instructor, The Ohio State University, Summer 2008 and Spring 2009

Music 251: The World of Classical Music, music appreciation

Teaching Assistant, The Ohio State University, 2007-2009

Teaching Assistant, University of Maryland, College Park, 2004-2006


Robert Fink Award for Best Dissertation, School of Music, The Ohio State University, Spring 2012

Best Paper, Arts Division, Hayes Graduate Research Forum, The Ohio State University, March 2011

Presidential Fellowship, The Ohio State University, 2011

Fulbright Advanced Student Grant to France, 2009-2010