Blase Scarnati

Blase Scarnati Professor
Northern Arizona University
Blg 37 Rm #140
Phone: 928-523-2876

PhD Historical Musicology, University of Pittsburgh
MA Historical Musicology, University of Pittsburgh
MM Performance, Northwestern University

Blase Scarnati is Professor of Musicology in the School of Music and the Director of Global Learning in the Center for International Education at Northern Arizona University. He also served as the founding Director of the First Year Seminar-Action Research Team Program at NAU, which became the largest civic agency and community engagement program in the nation, and was featured at The White House at the invitation of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in 2012. He has published articles in the Bringing Theory to Practice/Association of American Colleges and Universities’ Civic Series, Diversity & Democracy, Higher Education Exchange, the Kettering Foundation Working Paper Series, Academic Leader, Teacher-Scholar: The Journal of the State Comprehensive University, and the Huffington Post; and chapters in Democracy’s Education: Public Work, Citizenship, and the Future of Higher Education (Vanderbilt University Press, 2015), Civic Studies (Bringing Theory to Practice/Association of American Colleges and Universities, 2014), Walking the Line: Country Music Lyricists and American Culture (Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield, 2013), and A Process Approach to General Education Reform: Transforming Institutional Culture in Higher Education (Atwood Publishing, 2010). He has presented at national conferences of the Society for Ethnomusicology, College Music Society, Society for American Music, International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Association of American Colleges and Universities, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Lilly Conference on College & University Teaching, and EDUCAUSE. He and political theorist Romand Coles (Australian Catholic University) are currently co-authoring a book entitled Revolutionary Salvage Amid the Ruins of the American University. Many of his publications may be found at