Benjamin Steege

Assistant Professor of Music

Columbia University

Benjamin Steege joined the Department of Music as Assistant Professor in 2012, having previously taught at Stony Brook University. He specializes in the history of music theory in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with particular attention to early modernism, the history of psychology, and the history of listening. His work has been supported recently by research fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2010-11), the National Endowment for the Humanities (2014-15), and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (2014-15). He is Associate Editor of the journal, History of Humanities, and previously served on the editorial board of Music Theory Spectrum (2009-12). His book, Helmholtz and the Modern Listener (Cambridge University Press, 2012), won the Emerging Scholar Award from the Society for Music Theory in 2014. His current project explores aesthetic and ethical issues surrounding the contest between psychological and anti-psychological views of music in the twentieth century.