Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education


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  • Kirsten Paige

    Kirsten Paige

    Fellow and Lecturer

    BioI am currently a Post-doctoral Fellow (THINK Fellow) and Lecturer at Stanford University's "Thinking Matters" Program. I received my Ph.D. in Music History and Literature from the University of California, Berkeley in 2018, where I held the Alfred Lepawsky Fellowship at Berkeley's Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities. I earned my M.Phil. in Music from the University of Cambridge in 2012, and my A.B. in Music History and Theory from the University of Chicago in 2011.

    Focusing on nineteenth- and twentieth-century German-speaking Europe and its broader transnational and global cultural exchanges, my work observes how scientific—particularly, environmental—knowledge reshaped musical practices and aural cultures, from the design of instruments and performance spaces to musical techniques, listening practices, and aural technologies. I maintain a strong secondary interest in public musicology, particularly in how musicology and musical institutions can address the climate crisis and its humanitarian impacts. My work has appeared in journals including the Cambridge Opera Journal, The Opera Quarterly, The Wagner Journal, the Journal of the Royal Musical Association, and the Journal of the American Musicological Society. I am currently guest-editing and contributing work to a special issue of 19th-c. Music by invitation of the Editorial Board ("Music and the Invention of Environment"), and am writing a book entitled "Richard Wagner's Political Ecology." I have presented my work at national and international conferences, and have most recently been invited to speak at symposia at Harvard University, the University of Toronto, Brown University, and the University of Cambridge.