Thomas J. Kernan, Assistant Professor of Music History and Honors Bachelor of Musical Arts Program Head, has served on the CCPA faculty since fall 2014. Prof. Kernan is a scholar of American music. In recent projects his research has addressed the musical memorialization of Abraham Lincoln, from his death in 1865 to the present, as well as the history of experimenting with and measuring audience members' experiences in concert halls.
Prof. Kernan's Lincoln research earned the 2016 Hay-Nicolay Prize from the Abraham Lincoln Association and Abraham Lincoln Institute. His award-winning teaching has been recognized by the University of Cincinnati (CCM), where he completed his MM and PhD, and by Roosevelt University, where he earned the Provost's 2019 Award for Innovative Curricular Design.
Prof. Kernan is on leave for the 2019–2020 academic year, during which time he is the Newberry Library Rudolph Ganz Long-term Fellow in American Music.