Bio


I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer at Stanford University. I previously taught at The San Francisco Conservatory of Music. I received my postgraduate degrees from The University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D. in Music History, 2018), where I held the Alfred Lepawsky Fellowship at the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities, and The University of Cambridge (M.Phil. in Music, 2012), where my studies were supported by fellowships from The British Library, National Sound Archives, and Frank Huntington Beebe Foundation. I received my A.B. in Music History and Theory from The University of Chicago in 2011, where I was a Collegiate Fellow and recipient of two departmental prizes, as well as departmental and general honors.

I work in and across three research areas: opera; music and the environment; and music and the history of science and technology. My work demonstrates how scientific knowledge reshaped musical practices and aural cultures in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, particularly in Germany. I maintain a strong secondary interest in public musicology, particularly in how music and its institutions can respond to today’s most urgent social problems, including climate change and social justice. My work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals including The Cambridge Opera Journal, The Opera Quarterly, The Journal of the Royal Musical Association, and The Journal of the American Musicological Society. I am currently guest-editing a special issue of 19th-c. Music ("Music and the Invention of Environment in the Long Nineteenth Century"), to which I am also contributing work, and am writing a book entitled "Richard Wagner's Political Ecology: Sound, Environment, and the History of Deep Media."

Academic Appointments


  • Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Thinking Matters

Honors & Awards


  • "Thinking Matters" Fellowship, Stanford University, Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (2018-2020)
  • Lewis Dissertation Fellowship (declined), Mabelle McLeod Lewis Memorial Fund (2018-2019)
  • Ingolf Dahl Memorial Prize in Musicology, American Musicological Society Northern California and Pacific Southwest Chapters (2018)
  • Eugene K. Wolf Endowment Grant for European Research, American Musicological Society (2017-2018)
  • Jewish Studies Group Outstanding Scholarship Award (honorable mention), American Musicological Society (2017)
  • Alfred P. Lepawsky Dissertation Fellowship, UC Berkeley Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities (2016-2017)
  • Best Graduate Student Paper Prize, North American Society for the Study of Romanticism and European Romantic Review (2016)
  • Keitel-Palisca Grants, American Musicological Society (2015-2017)
  • John L. Simpson Memorial Research Fellowship in International and Comparative Studies, UC Berkeley Institute of International Studies (2015-2016)
  • Thurston Dart Research Grant, Royal Musical Association (2014)
  • Music & Letters Award, Oxford University Press (2012)
  • Edison Research Fellowship, British Library (2011-2012)
  • Frank Huntington Beebe Fellowship, Beebe Fund for Musicians (2011-2012)
  • Leonard B. Meyer Thesis Prize, University of Chicago (2011)
  • David L. Fulton Award, University of Chicago (2009)

Professional Education


  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, Music History (2018)
  • M.Phil., University of Cambridge, Music (2012)
  • B.A., University of Chicago, Music History (2011)

2019-20 Courses


All Publications


  • “Art and Climate" and the Atmospheric Politics of Wagnerian Theater Paige, K. The Opera Quarterly, Vol. 35/3. 2019
  • Richard Wagner's Political Ecology Paige, K. ProQuest Dissertation Database. 2018
  • “Wagnerian Climatic Fantasies: Sound, Space, and Breath" European Romantic Review Paige, K. 2017; 28 (3): 343-348
  • The Owl, the Nightingale and the Jew in the Thorn-bush: Relocating Anti-Semitism in Die Meistersinger CAMBRIDGE OPERA JOURNAL Grey, T., Paige, K. 2016; 28 (1): 1-35
  • “Book Review: David Trippett, Wagner’s Melodies" MLA Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association Paige, K. 2014; 70 (4): 708-710