Visiting Speakers

Jonathan Hicks

Research Fellow: Music in London 1800-1851
King's College London

Jonathan Hicks is a postdoctoral researcher on the European Research Council project, Music in London, 1800-1851. His primary interests are in the historically grounded study of musical geographies, especially those of west European megacities. In addition to preparing a monograph on street music and the politics of public space in London and Paris, c.1830-1850, Jo is currently co-convening a symposium on The Melodramatic Moment, 1790-1820. Jo is a founder member of the Leverhulme-funded Hearing Landscape Critically research network, and a participant in the Oxford-Princeton exchange project, Staging History: Performing the Past in London and New York Theatres, 1770-1870. He has held a Junior Research Fellowship at Lincoln College, Oxford. His doctoral thesis, on Music, Place, and Mobility in Erik Saties Paris, was completed at Oxford in 2012, under the supervision of Professor Peter Franklin. His Masters degree in Musicology was also from Oxford, and his Bachelors degree in Music from the University of Birmingham.

Valentina B. Izmirlieva

Associate Professor of Slavic Languages; Department Chair
Columbia University

Valentina Izmirlieva is a scholar of Balkan and Russian religious cultures with a strong background in critical theory and intellectual history. Two areas of specialization represent the scope of her teaching interests: the religious culture of the Orthodox Slavs with an emphasis on the medieval and early modern periods, and literary Modernism and Postmodernism with a focus on Vladimir Nabokov. Much of her research addresses cultural transfers among Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the context of multi-religious empires. 

Nick Jardine

Emeritus Professor
University of Cambridge

Nick Jardine is Emeritus Professor at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. His research interests include historiography of the sciences; early-modern cosmology; history of natural history; and philosophy of the sciences. His most recent publications are Christoph Rothmann's Treatise on the Comet of 1585: An Edition and Translation with Accompanying Essays, with M.A. Granada and A. Mosley (Leiden: Brill, 2014), Recent Material Heritage of the Sciences, with L. Wilson, part special issue of Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 44/4, and Observing the World through Images: Diagrams and Figures in Early-Modern Arts and Sciences, edited with I. Fay (Leiden: Brill, 2013). 

David Kennerley

Postdoctoral Research Associate
King's College London

David Kennerley is a social and cultural historian of modern Britain with a particular interest in the history of sound, musical life and performance. He completed his doctorate in History at the University of Oxford in January 2014, with a thesis on professional female singers in Britain, c.1760-1850, supervised by Professor Bob Harris. Since then, he has worked as a research assistant to Professor Kathryn Gleadle at the University of Oxford and held two stipendiary lectureships at Worcester College and Somerville College, Oxford. He joined KCL in October 2016 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate on the European Research Council project ‘Music in London, 1800–1851’. His current book project, focusing on the period c.1780–1850, explores sonic aspects of gender in the past, through investigating the ways in which the differing styles of performance and vocality of various kinds of female singers were perceived to encode aurally different types of contemporary femininity, including new kinds of female professional identities. In addition, he is currently undertaking research into the role of musical performance in political culture and has written recently on Charles Dibdin’s loyalist songs in the 1790s and on Chartist performances of opera in the 1840s. He is currently organising a conference (with Oskar Cox Jensen) on ‘Music and Politics in Britain, c.1780–1850’ to be held in June 2017.

Daniel Kevles

Stanley Woodward Professor Emeritus of History, History of Medicine & American Studies; Adjunct Professor, Law School
Yale University

Professor Kevles recieved his B.A. from Princeton University (Physics) in 1960, training at Oxford University (European History) from 1960-61, and his Ph.D. from Princeton (History) in 1964. His research and writings encompass the interplay of science, technology, and society past and present with a focus on the United States. His particular research interests include the history of physics, biology, scientific fraud and misconduct, plant and animal breeding, biotechnology, intellectual property, and science, arms, and the state.

Liza Knapp

Associate Professor of Slavic Languages; Chair, Department of Slavic Languages
Columbia University

Research Interests: 19th-century Russian literature; the novel in Russia and the West; Dostoevsky; Tolstoy; Russian poetry; Tsvetaeva

Alan Kraut

University Professor, Department of History
American University

Alan M. Kraut is University Professor of History and an affiliate faculty member of the School of International Service. He is also a Non-resident Fellow of the Migration Policy Institute. Currently, he is the President of the Organization of American Historians, the largest professional organization of American historians. He specializes in U.S. immigration and ethnic history, the history of medicine in the U.S. and the American Civil War. He co-directs AU's Civil War Institute. He is the prize-winning author or editor of nine books. Most recently he has co-edited Ethnic Historians and the Mainstream: Shaping the Nation's Immigration Story (2013). His best known volumes include: Silent Travelers: Germs , Genes, and the "immigrant Menace" (1994); The Huddled Masses: The Immigrant in American Society, 1880-1921 (2nd ed. 2001); and Goldberger's War:The Life and Work of a Public Health Crusader (2003). His research has been supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Institutes of Health. He is a frequent consultant on PBS and History Channel documentaries. He is the past president of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and currently chairs the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island History Advisory Committee. He is an elected fellow of the prestigious Society of American Historians and has been the recipient of AU' Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award.

Ellen Lockhart

Assistant Professor: Musicology
University of Toronto

Ellen Lockhart is Assistant Professor of Musicology at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. After receiving her PhD from Cornell University in 2011, she became a postdoctoral fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at Princeton University. Her monograph Animation, Plasticity, and Music in Italy, 1770-1830 is forthcoming from the University of California Press, and her edited volume, Sound Knowledge (with James Q. Davies ) on music and science in London during the period 1798-1851, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2017. Her critical edition of Puccini’s “Wild West opera” La fanciulla del West will be published by Ricordi, and is slated for performance under Riccardo Chailly; she is also co-editing (with David Rosen) a critical edition of the original mise-en-scène. She has recently become Reviews Editor for the Cambridge Opera Journal.