Graham Raulerson is a musicologist who teaches music history and music appreciation at ELAC. His classroom work focuses on the intersections between Western art music, Western popular music, film and television music, music of the stage, and a variety of non-Western musical cultures.
Raulerson maintains an active research profile, investigating the relationship between music and politics in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the musics of the Americas, and European art music of the eighteenth century. Recently, his research has focused on California composer Harry Partch (1901-1974) and the role of music in the hobo subculture, particularly after 1970.
He has presented his research at the national meetings of the American Musicological Society, the Society for Ethnomusicology, the Society for American Music, and the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (US Chapter), as well as the Experience Music Project’s annual Pop Conference and The Harry Partch Legacy Symposium. He has published in the journal American Music and will have an article in an upcoming issue of The Journal of the Society for American Music. He is currently writing a book titled Westbound: Hobo Music and Cultural Survival in Dangerous Times.
Raulerson was born and raised in rural Iowa. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Bowling Green State University (Ohio), a Master of Arts in Music from the University of Iowa, and a Ph.D. in Musicology from UCLA. Before coming to ELAC, he taught at Glendale Community College, UCLA, and the University of Redlands.