Dr David Robb


Dr. Robb’s research is dedicated to the relationship between politics and music. He has especially looked at the history of political music and song in Germany. He takes an interdisciplinary approach analysing text alongside music in its performance and political /historical context.

The genres he looks at range from cabaret, agitprop and theatre song to folk (international), pop, rock and techno. A musician himself, he is currently exploring connections between political song traditions in Ireland and Germany and is seeking to build a European network.

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Open to PhD applications in the field of 

  • Politics in music and song (all genres/ national/ international/ contemporary / historical)
  • Cabaret and music theatre
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Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science

School Of Arts, English And Languages

The Centre for Political Culture and Music, University of Freiburg, Germany

The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice

Research students

PhD title: American Influence on German Film Musicals in the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich

Name: Judith Wiemers
Country: Germany

PhD title: Music and Recognition Theory

Name: Michael Whitten
Country: United Kingdom


PhD title: Liszt’s B minor Sonata

Name: Bryan Whitelaw
Country: United Kingdom

Alumni: where are they now?

Andrea Hanna

PhD title: The Figure of Kasperl in Austrian Comic Volkstheater

Years of Study: Completed 2013
Country: United Kingdom
Current position: Freelance researcher and teacher in Vienna

Rachel Kirk

PhD title: Translation of the Comedy of Plautus

Years of Study: Completed 2011
Country: United Kingdom
Current position: : Governance Director, Amnesty International (previously at UNICEF and WHO)

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