Graduate study and postdoc mentoring

Graduate Study and Postdoc Mentoring

Graduate Study

A siren points to the cadential formula in the office for Saint Cecilia. Vendôme, Bibliothèque Municipale 0017E, f. 527v.

I am interested in supervising projects on late-medieval music, basically in the period c.1200-c.1380. I will be most interested in your project (and particularly useful to you as a supervisor) if you want to work on anything involving any combination of the following: songs, motets, intertextual issues, broad cultural issues, court culture, music analysis, gender and sexuality studies, nature and animals, French literature, historiography, the ontology of music, Chaucer. If you have only vague ideas for a project in this area, I might be able to suggest something that would build on your interests and skills — just get in touch by email.

Ideal students should be willing to learn to read in modern German and an appropriate medieval language, willing to examine medieval manuscripts, and willing to engage with a spectrum of issues from the minutiae of musical details and the broadest of critical approaches. If you are interested in an academic career after your graduate work, I will offer you assistance with professional development, including the delivery of conference papers and job talks, IT and digital humanities use, and teaching.

My current and recent students are listed here. Please feel free to get in touch with them for the unvarnished account of what it’s like working with me!

I am also interested in students coming for shorter periods from the home institutions as part of international exchange projects, such as ERASMUS. Just get in touch.

Current doctoral students (4)

As supervisor:

  • from 2017. Jacob Mariani: The Medieval Italian Fiddle.
As co-supervisor:
  • from 2020. Elizabeth Cullinane (co-supervised with Professor Helen Swift, Modern Languages): Manuscript Culture of the Capetian Adultery Scandal: Women’s Patronage and Audience
  • from 2019. George Haggett (co-supervised with Professor Laura Tunbridge, Music): Medievalism in Contemporary Opera
  • from 2019. Lachlan Hughes (co-supervised with Professor Francesca Southerden, Modern Languages): Musico-poetic syncretism and the lyric context of Dante’s Commedia.

Former doctoral students with completion dates (7)

Postdoc mentoring
I am delighted to mentor, whether formally (if funded by an external funding body) or informally (if in association with a College JRF), any early career researchers in early music and methodologically related fields who have postdoctoral appointments in Oxford. If you would like to explore the possibilities for postdoctoral research work in Oxford, please get in touch with me or with one of my current or former postdocs.

Current postdocs (3, all informal):

Former postdocs (5, of which 2 informal):