Part-time Professor - Musicology

BA Music (double bass) and Women’s Studies, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
MA Music History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
PhD Musicology, McGill University




Kristin Franseen is a musicologist originally from Wisconsin. Her research examines the use and interpretation of sources at various points in the history of musicology, including questions of queer readings of nineteenth-century symphonic music, the repetition of dubious anecdotes in composer biographies, and music criticism as a form of early public musicology. Her dissertation, supervised by Lloyd Whitesell and supported in part by the FRQSC Bourse au doctorat, focuses on sources in queer musicological writings by the early twentieth-century scholars Vernon Lee, Rosa Newmarch, and Edward Prime-Stevenson. She has presented papers at meetings of the Société québécoise de recherche en musique (SQRM), the American Musicological Society, and the Society for American Music, as well as several themed conferences in Canada, Europe, and the United States on music and sexuality, history and crime fiction, biography, public musicology/music theory, women’s suffrage, and queer British history. Her current project examines appeals to gossip and crime fiction tropes in twentieth- and twenty-first-century depictions of Antonio Salieri’s teaching career. Other research interests include women in the history of music theory, celebrity endorsements in early metronome advertisements, and the depiction of female philosophers in eighteenth-century opera buffa.  

Fields of Interest

  • History of Musicology and Music Theory
  • Biography
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies in Music
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