Mueller, John H(enry)
- Samuel Parler
(b St. Charles, MO, Feb 8, 1895; d Bloomington, IN, Sept 1, 1965). American sociologist. Following army service during World War I, he received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Missouri in 1920 and 1921, respectively, and earned a doctorate in sociology from the University of Chicago in 1928. He taught briefly at both universities before accepting the position of assistant professor at the University of Oregon in 1927. He left that post in 1933 to serve as a research analyst in the Federal Emergency Relief Administration, a New Deal program. In 1935 Mueller became assistant professor at the University of Indiana, where he remained until his retirement in 1965. He became a full professor in 1947 and chaired the sociology department from 1954 to 1960.
Among Mueller’s sociological writings are three books and several articles on music and aesthetics. Using exhaustive statistical research, Mueller argued that musical taste in the United States could be explained through economic, political, and social context. ...