Reba Wissner is Assistant Professor of Musicology and coordinator of the Public Musicology Undergraduate Certificate. She received a BA in Music and Italian from Hunter College of the City University of New York, an MFA and PhD in musicology from Brandeis University, a graduate certificate in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University, and a graduate certificate in Instructional Design from the University of Wisconsin - Stout.
Dr. Wissner is the author of articles on seventeenth-century Venetian opera, Italian immigrant theater in New York City, music in 1950s and 1960s television, and music history pedagogy and has presented her research on these topics at conferences throughout the United States and Europe. She is the author of A Dimension of Sound: Music in The Twilight Zone (Pendragon Press, 2013), We Will Control All That You Hear: The Outer Limits and the Aural Imagination (Pendragon Press, 2016), and Music and the Atomic Bomb in American Television, 1950-1969 (Peter Lang, 2020). Her fourth monograph, David Lynch: Sonic Style, is under contract with Routledge. With Katherine Reed, she co-edited Music in Twin Peaks: Listen to the Sounds (Routledge, 2021). She is currently working on a collaborative book and database project with Jessica Getman called Cues and Contracts: Music and the American Television Industry that examines music cues and their reuses, as well as administrative documents related to American television music production.
Dr. Wissner is the recipient of numerous awards and grants including a research travel grant from the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming, a research fellowship from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Sight and Sound Subvention from the Society for American Music, a James and Sylvia Thayer Short-Term Fellowship from University of California Los Angeles Libraries, a Wallis Annenberg Research Grant from University of Southern California Libraries, and a Theodore C. Sorensen Fellowship from the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum. She was the recipient of Columbus State University’s 2022 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award and was appointed as a summer 2022 recipient of the Governor's Teaching Fellowship.
Before coming to Columbus State University, Dr. Wissner taught at Brandeis University, Berkeley College, Montclair State University, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Ramapo College of New Jersey, Seton Hall University, and New York University.