Aaron S. Allen
Aaron S. Allen, Ph.D., F.A.A.R., is associate professor of musicology in the Music Studies Department of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he also serves on the faculty committee for the Environmental Studies Program and as the University's Academic Sustainability Coordinator. After receiving his B.S. (environmental studies) and B.A. (music) at Tulane University, Dr. Allen earned a Ph.D. in music at Harvard University. He was the recipient of the Paul Mellon Rome Prize and spent the 2011-12 academic year at the American Academy in Rome.
Dr. Allen co-founded and for five years chaired the Ecocriticism Study Group (ESG) of the American Musicological Society (AMS), and he co-founded and chaired the Ecomusicology Special Interest Group (ESIG) of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM). He currently edits the Ecomusicology Newsletter, a joint project of the ESG and ESIG.
Dr. Allen is currently working on two ecomusicology book projects: The Tree that became a Lute: Musical Instruments, Sustainability and the Politics of Natural Resource Use (University of Illinois Press, co-authored with Jennifer Post and Kevin Dawe) and Ecomusicology: A Field Guide (co-edited with Kevin Dawe). Conference presentations include venues in music scholarship (e.g., AMS and SEM), interdisciplinary studies (19th Century Studies Association), and environmental studies (American Society for Environmental History, Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences); he has also given invited lectures at institutions in North America, Europe, and Asia.
After completing a dissertation on Beethoven in nineteenth-century Italy, Dr. Allen has continued to develop this unusual field of reception studies. He has delivered and published papers on the topic, and he is slowly working on a book tentatively entitled Fidelio in Italy: Beethoven Reception, Historiography, and the Crisis of 19th-Century Opera.
Aaron is originally from West Virginia, and his interests as an outdoorsman and woodworker result from his time on the family farm, where he recently hand built a solar-powered log cabin for his parents. You can reach him by the phone number or email above, or by scheduling an appointment via asallen.youcanbook.me.
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