Mark Pottinger

Nina Maria Gorrissen Fellow of History

American Academy in Berlin

Associate Professor of Music

Manhattan College

In 2004, Mark A. Pottinger founded the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Manhattan College, where he served as the department chair of an undergraduate program in art history, theater, digital media arts, and music from 2004 to 2016. He teaches courses ranging from the music of the nineteenth century to the hermeneutics of heavy metal. As an undergraduate, at Washington University in St. Louis, he started his academic career in physics, but upon receiving a Mellon Fellowship to study the German concert tours of Hector Berlioz, Pottinger turned his attention to musicology and the phenomenon of sound. He completed his master's degree at the University of Leeds, before returning to the US to earn a PhD in musicology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Pottinger is the author of The Staging of History in France (2009) and has published on the cultural life of nineteenth-century France and Germany, musical aesthetics, and the mechanization of sound.