Dr Joanna BullivantBack to People

Department: Music
College appointment: Lecturer


Joanna Bullivant studied Music at Christ Church, Oxford, and undertook doctoral research on music and politics in interwar Britain. Following a Junior Research Fellowship at Worcester College, she took up a prestigious Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of Nottingham. She returned to Oxford in 2015 as postdoctoral researcher, and took up the post of Lecturer in Music at Magdalen in October 2016.


Dr Bullivant gives tutorials on a wide range of music history topics and Musical Thought and Scholarship in college.


Modernism, music and politics, communism, twentieth-century British music, music in East Germany, digital musicology, Alan Bush.



Alan Bush, Modern Music and the Cold War: The Cultural Left in Britain and the Communist Bloc, Music since 1900 (Cambridge University Press, in press, forthcoming 2017).


  1. ‘Outsiders? Music, communism, and national identity’ in Jennifer Oates and James Brooks Kuykendall (eds.), Musical Identity and the British Isles (forthcoming).
  2. ‘”Practical Jokes:” Britten and Auden’s Our Hunting Fathers Revisited’ in Kate Kennedy (ed.), Literary Britten (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).
  3. ‘Trouble down t’pit: Marxist Politics, Industrial Stereotypes and Northern Sources in Alan Bush’s Opera, Men of Blackmoor (1954)’ (John Lowerson, with Joanna Bullivant) in Rachel Cowgill, Dave Russell and Derek Scott (eds.), Music and the Idea of the North (Ashgate, forthcoming).
  4. ‘The Socialist Composer in the “capitalist concert-hall:” Hanns Eisler and Alan Bush in 1930s England’, in Oliver Dahin and Erik Levi (eds.), Eisler and England, Eisler-Studien 5 (Wiesbaden: Breitkopf & Härtel, 2014), 33-50.
  5. ‘Black, White and Red: Communism and Anti-colonialism in Alan Bush’s The Sugar Reapers’, in Robert Adlington (ed.), Red Strains: Music and Communism Outside the Communist Bloc, Proceedings of the British Academy 185 (Oxford: British Academy/Oxford University Press, 2013), 193-212.
  6. ‘Tippett and Politics’, in Kenneth Gloag and Nicholas Jones (eds), The Cambridge Companion to Tippett (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), 68-85.
  7. ‘“A world of Marxist orthodoxy”? Alan Bush’s Wat Tyler in Great Britain and the German Democratic Republic’, in Pauline Fairclough (ed.), Twentieth-Century Music and Politics: Essays in memory of Neil Edmunds (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013), 7-21.
  8. ‘Review: The Correspondence of Alan Bush and John Ireland, 1927-1961, compiled and edited by Rachel O’Higgins’, Twentieth-Century Music 6/2 (2011), 255-260.
  9. ‘Modernism, Politics and Individuality in 1930s Britain: the Case of Alan Bush’, Music & Letters 90/3 (August 2009), 432-452.


  1. ‘Sing an Old Song to the Lord’ (co-authored with Stephen Bullivant), Pastoral Review 7/2 (March/April 2011), 58-65.
  2. ‘Who was Alan Bush?’, Clarion [Newsletter of the Alan Bush Music Trust] 12 (2010).
  3. ‘Alan Bush in the 1930s’, Clarion 10 (2007-8).