Davidson Kennedy Professor in the College
An ethnomusicologist who specializes in the music of the Caribbean, Rommen is the author of two books, including “Mek Some Noise”: Gospel Music and the Ethics of Style in Trinidad, which was awarded the Alan P. Merriam Prize by the Society for Ethnomusicology.
Rommen’s research has been supported by numerous grants and fellowships, including a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and a Rockefeller Resident Fellowship from the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College. At Penn, he has served as Undergraduate Chair and Graduate Director for the Department of Music, faculty director of the Undergraduate Humanities Forum, and a member of the Penn Arts & Sciences Personnel Committee and the Faculty Senate Subcommittee on Research. He received his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of Chicago.
About the Donor
Josephine Rankin Kennedy
The Davidson Kennedy chair was established in 1994 by the late Josephine Rankin Kennedy and is named in memory of her husband.