Sarah Fuller, Professor of Music History and Theory in Stony Brook’s Department of Music, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The 212 new members join one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies and a leading center for independent policy research. Members contribute to Academy studies of science and technology policy, global security, social policy and American institutions, the humanities, and education.
Among the 2011 class of scholars, scientists, writers, artists, civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders are winners of the Nobel, Pulitzer, and Pritzker Prizes; the Turing Award; MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships; and Kennedy Center Honors, Grammy, Golden Globe, and Academy awards.
“It is a privilege to honor these men and women for their extraordinary individual accomplishments,” said Leslie Berlowitz, Academy President and William T. Golden Chair. “The knowledge and expertise of our members give the Academy a unique capacity and responsibility to provide practical policy solutions to the pressing challenges of the day. We look forward to engaging our new members in this work.”
“The letter announcing my election to the AAAS came as a total surprise,” said Fuller. “I feel immensely honored to be elected to this distinguished group of individuals who have made noteworthy contributions in diverse areas of human endeavor.”
Fuller is one of the founding members of Stony Brook’s Department of Music and has served as chair and as director of graduate studies. Her doctoral dissertation was on Aquitanian polyphony of the 12th century, a repertory created just prior to the well-known Parisian polyphony associated with the Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame. Her recent work includes studies in medieval and renaissance music theory and in the music of Guillaume de Machaut.
She has taught seminars on analysis of early music, on current research in music of the 14th century, on the music of Guillaume de Machaut and Igor Stravinsky. Her research has appeared in Acta Musicologica, Early Music History, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Journal of Musicology, Musica Disciplina, Music Theory Spectrum, and other journals. Her annotated anthology, The European Musical Heritage: 800-1750, is used in music history courses across the country.
Fuller is a member of the American Musicological Society, the College Music Society, and the Society for Music Theory. She received the Stony Brook President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1984 and has been a member of the Stony Brook Academy of Scholar Teachers.