Mallory Alekna

Assistant Professor - Music, Human Development, and Learning


Mallory Alekna is Assistant Professor of Music, Human Development, and Learning at Augsburg University, where she and the students collaboratively explore equity in and through music education. Before moving to Minnesota, Mallory supported students and communities in Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Indiana, and Arizona. These experiences included a wide variety of musical practices in pre-kindergarten through graduate levels, and in public and community settings. Mallory has presented at regional, national, and international conferences on topics related to equity and string education. She is interested in contemporary curricular inquiry, creative placemaking, and critical response process as potential tools for change in music learning and teaching.

Mallory completed her Ph.D. in Music Learning & Teaching from Arizona State University in May 2021. Her dissertation was an opportunity to center the voices of underrepresented music students and to learn from them about the complex ways in which they experienced equity and inequity within their school of music.


  • Ph.D. Arizona State University
  • M.M.E. Indiana University
  • B.M.E. Illinois State University

Mallory Alekna – Curriculum Vitae