Ph.D., Yale Univ. (1983)
M.A., Yale Univ. (1979)
B.A., Goucher College (1976)
Professor Woldu graduated from Goucher College with a B.A. in Music, and she earned the M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University. Before coming to Trinity, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California at Berkeley and she taught at Bates College.
Her scholarly work centers on two divergent fields: French music and culture at the turn of the twentieth century and gangsta rap. In all of her classes—whether they are on American popular music, the music of black American women, or music in France between 1850 and 1930—Professor Woldu encourages students to “think outside the book,” to respond critically to academic writing, and to use the substance of their individual experiences to understand the musical traditions explored.