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Musicology placement

Alumni Job Placement in the Musicology Program, Department of Music

(Includes all recipients of the PhD from 2002 – Present)

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Amalya Lehmann is Head of Academic Memberships at the Erdős Institute

Kim Sauberlich is Assistant Professor of Music at the College of Charleston in Fall 2023.

Parkorn Wangpaiboonkit is Assistant Professor of Music at Washington University. St. Louis.


Peter Humphrey is a Media Specialist at Jigsaw Foresight, a UK-based consultancy.

Alessandra Jones is Visiting Assistant Professor of musicology at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Edmund Mendelssohn is a lecturer in music at UC Berkeley. He is the author of White Musical Mythologies: Sonic Presence in Modernism (Stanford 2023).

Desmond Sheehan is an instructor at Terra Arts Academy in Westminster, CA.

Saraswathi Shukla is Visiting Professor of Music at the University of Colorado, Boulder.


Edward Jacobson runs an independent academic editing business in Amsterdam, Vuurtoren Editing.

Danielle Simon is Assistant Professor at Middlebury College. She was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow at Dartmouth College.


Melanie Gudesblatt is the Program Manager for Technical Enablement at the educational technology firm Splunk.


Jamie Apgar is Organist and Choirmaster at the Parish of the Good Shepherd (Waban, MA).

Kirsten Paige is Assistant Teaching Professor in Musicology at North Carolina State University.


John Kapusta is Assistant Professor of Musicology, Eastman School of Music.


Nell Cloutier is the Director of Measurement and Learning at Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco.


Leon Chisholm is a Software Developer at CoLab Software in Saint John’s, Newfoundland, where he is also an Adjunct Professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland. From 2016 to 2019 he was Postdoctoral Scholar at the Research Institute for History of Science and Technology, Deutsches Museum, Munich.

Tiffany Ng is Associate Professor of Carillon and University Carillonist at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Jessica Herdman is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg and a freelance academic editor.

Olga Panteleeva is a social worker and therapist in the Netherlands, after having served as Lecturer in Musicology in the Department of Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University, Netherlands.

Anicia Timberlake is Assistant Professor of Music, Peabody Conservatory, Johns Hopkins University. She has been a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton).

Rachana Vajjhala is Assistant Professor of Music, Musicology & Ethnomusicology, Boston University.

Rachel Vandagriff is Assistant Professor of Music History & Literature, San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM).


Emily Frey Giansiracusa is Assistant Professor of Music at Brandeis University.

Laura Vasileyva (Protano-Biggs) is Assistant Professor of Music at Peabody Conservatory (Johns Hopkins University).


Sean Curran is College Teaching Officer in Music and English, Trinity College, University of Cambridge. He received the 2018 Jerome Roche Prize from the Royal Musical Association.

Jonathan Rhodes Lee is Associate Professor of Musicology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas and author of Film Music in the Sound Era: A Research and Information Guide, vols. 1–2 (Routledge, 2020).

Ulrike Petersen works at the Auguste-Viktoria-Schule, Flensburg, Germany.

Yael Braunschweig is Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Stanford Health Care.


Emily Richmond Pollock is Associate Professor of Music, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and author of Opera after the Zero Hour: The Problem of Tradition and the Possibility of Renewal in Postwar West Germany (Oxford, 2019).

Scott Edwards is Research Fellow, Neue Senfl Ausgabe, University of Vienna, Austria.

John Prescott is a musicologist-harpsichordist-singer affiliated to the San Francisco Early Music Society, the UC Berkeley Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.


Rebekah Ahrendt is Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University, Netherlands.

Adeline Mueller is Associate Professor of Music, Mount Holyoke College and author of Mozart and the Mediation of Childhood (Chicago, 2021).


William Quillen is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Oberlin College and Conservatory.

Jennifer Sheppard is Lecturer in Music, University of Manchester, UK.


Lisa Jakelski is Associate Professor of Musicology, Eastman School of Music, and author of Making New Music in Cold War Poland: The Warsaw Autumn Festival, 1956-1968 (California Press, 2016); winner of the 2018 Honorary Award of the Polish Composers’ Union.

Arman Schwartz is Assistant Professor in Music and the Program in Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame and author of Puccini’s Soundscapes: Realism and Modernity in Italian Opera (Olschki, 2016); winner of the Rotary Prize.

Esther V. Criscuola de Laix is Editor at scholarly critical editions publisher, A-R Editions.

Christina Schiffner is Grants Specialist and Data Manager, Center for Domestic Peace.


Noel Verzosa is Associate Professor of Music, Hood College.

Alexander Kahn is Director of Orchestral Studies, Sonoma State University, profiled here. He is the author Caring for the Whole Musician (Routledge, 2022).


Michael Markham is Associate Professor of Music History, State University of New York, Fredonia.

Robert Fallon is an independent scholar. He is co-editor, with Christopher Dingle, of Messiaen Perspectives 1 and 2 (Ashgate, 2013).

Anna Nisnevich is Visiting Scholar and Lecturer in Music, University of Virginia.

Kimberley Parke is writer/editor, External Relations and Communications, University of Stockholm.

David Paul is Associate Professor of Musicology, UC Santa Barbara, and author of Charles Ives in the Mirror: American Histories of an Iconic Composer (Illinois, 2013).


Martin Deasy is a horticulturist (Kew Diploma with Honours, 2014), having been Junior Research Fellow, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge; and editor of Puccini’s Le villi (Edizione Nazionale Giacomo Puccini, 2018).

Heather Wiebe is Teaching Professor in Music and the Program in Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame. She is author of Britten’s Unquiet Pasts: Sound and Memory in Postwar Reconstruction (Cambridge, 2012) and Mobilizing Music in Wartime British Film (Oxford, 2023).


Roger Moseley is Associate Professor at Cornell University, and author of Keys to Play: Music as a Ludic Medium from Apollo to Nintendo (University of California Press, 2016), winner of the Kinkeldey Award.

Melina Esse is Associate Professor of Musicology, Eastman School of Music and author of Singing Sappho: Improvisation and Authority in Nineteenth-Century Italian Opera (Chicago, 2020), which received the 2020 Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Award from the MLA. She is also the 2014 recipient of the Einstein Award from the AMS for her article, “Encountering the improvvisatrice in Italian Opera.”

Holly Watkins is Professor of Musicology, Eastman School of Music, and author of Metaphors of Depth in German Musical Thought (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Musical Vitalities: Ventures in a Biotic Aesthetics of Music (Chicago, 2018).

Nalini Ghuman is Professor of Music and Department Head, Mills College, author of Resonances of the Raj: India in the English Musical Imagination, 1897-1947 (Oxford, 2014).


Matthew Gelbart is Associate Professor of Music, Fordham University, and author of The Invention of “Folk Music” and “Art Music”: Emerging Categories from Ossian to Wagner (Cambridge, 2007) and Musical Genre and Romantic Ideology: Belonging in an Age of Originality (Oxford, 2022).

Laura Basini is Associate Professor of Music History, Sacramento State.

Peter J. Schmelz is Professor of Musicology, Arizona State University, and author of Such Freedom, If Only Musical: Unofficial Soviet Music during the Thaw (Oxford, 2009) and Sonic Overload: Alfred Schnittke, Valentin Silvestrov, and Polystylism in the Late USSR (Oxford, 2021), both of which received the ASCAP Virgil Thomson/Deems Taylor Award. He was also named a Guggenheim Fellow in 2019.


Beth E. Levy is Associate Professor of Music, UC Davis, and author of Frontier Figures: American Music and the Mythology of the American West (California, 2012), winner of the Music in American Culture Award.

Leslie Sprout is Professor of Music, Drew University, and author of The Musical Legacy of Wartime France (California, 2013), winner of the Béla Kornitzer Book Award.

Nathaniel Lew is Professor of Fine Arts: Music and Director of the Honors Program at Saint Michael’s College, and author of Tonic to the Nation: Making English Music in the Festival of Britain (Routledge, 2016).