David Cosper joins the faculty of the Department of Music in 2017 as Assistant Professor of Music History and Culture. David holds degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Virginia, where he completed the Ph.D. in Critical and Comparative Studies in Music in 2011. His interdisciplinary research explores theoretical approaches to musical performance informed by narratology, literary theory, and media studies, with particular emphasis on jazz and contemporary music. His published work appears in Jazz Perspectives, Jazz Research Journal, and Narrative Culture, and he has presented research at international conferences, including the American Musicological Society, the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, the Australian Musicological Society, and the New Zealand Musicological Society, of which he was president between 2015 and 2017. David taught previously as an adjunct instructor in the McIntire Department of Music and the Department of English at the University of Virginia and as Lecturer in Contemporary Music and Culture at Te Kōkī / New Zealand School of Music, Victoria University of Wellington.