Suzanne Cusick

Professor of Music
B.F.A. Newcomb College, 1969; Ph.D. University of North Carolina 1975

Phone: x87800

Areas of Research/Interest
gender, sexuality and embodiment in relation to musical culture, especially those of early modern Italy and contemporary North America; acoustemology of contemporary life, especially acoustical violence in contemporary war; feminist and queer approaches to music scholarship; cultural history of music

Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellow at Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (2001-2002)

Select Publications:


Men Hearing Women in Medicean Florence (in progress) 

Francesca Caccini at the Medici Court, Music and the Circulation of Power (University of Chicago Press, 2009).

  • 2010 Book Award, Society for the Study of Early Modern Women

Select Recent Articles:

Foreward, Ellen Koskoff, A Feminist Ethnomusicology (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2014), in press

"This Song Is For You," Colloquy on Musicology and Sexuality, JAMS 2013, in press

"He Said, She Said? Men Hearing Women in Medicean Florence," in Olivia Bloechl, Melanie Lowe and Jeffrey Kallberg, eds. Changing the Subject: Difference in Music Scholarship (Cambridge, 2014). in press

Gender, Politics, and Gender Politics in La liberazione di Ruggiero," in Christine Fischer and Irene Minder-Jeanneret, eds, Zwischentone -- Musik und Diversitat (Basel, 2014), in press

"Indarno chiedi...': Clorinda and the Interpretation of Monteverdi's Madrigali amorosi e guerrieri," in Beth Glixon et al, eds, Word, Image and Song: Essays in Honor of Ellen Rosand, vol. 1 (Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2013), 117-144.

"An acoustemology of detention in the "global war on terror,'" in Music, Sound and the Reconfiguration of Public and Private Space, ed. Georgina Born (Cambridge, 2013), 275-291.

"Across an Invisible Line: A conversation about Music and Torture," Grey Room 42 (2010), 6-21.

"Musicology, Torture, Repair", Fifth Column radical musicology 3 (2008)

"'You are in a place that is out of the world": Music in the Detention Camps of the 'Global War on Terror,'" Journal of the Society for American Music 2/1 (2008), 1-26; reprinted in Transpositions 4 (2014)

Faculty Bio:

Suzanne G. Cusick,
Professor of Music on the Faculty of Arts and Science at New York University has published extensively on gender and sexuality in relation to the musical cultures of early modern Italy and of contemporary North America, including in the collections Musicology and Difference, Queering the Pitch, and Audible Traces. Her feminist readings of early modern music and musical culture have appeared in JAMS, Early Music, The Cambridge Companion to Monteverdi, and the Brazilian journal Per Musi. Revista Academica de Musica. Cusick's book, Francesca Caccini at the Medici Court: Music and the Circulation of Power (Chicago, 2009), received the 2010 book prize of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. Since 2003 she has edited Women and Music. A Journal of Gender of Culture, the first journal (and still the only English-language journal) focused on the relationship of gender and sexuality to musical culture. She currently studies the use of noise, music and "gender coercion" in the detention and interrogation of prisoners held during the 21st-century's "war on terror," work for which she received the Philip Brett Award given by the LGBTQ Study Group of the American Musicological Society in 2007.

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