Bonnie Gordon

Bonnie Gordon

Professor (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Old Cabell 203


A music historian who works across disciplines and creative practices Bonnie Gordon has published widely on Early Modern music and gender and Early American Sound. Her book Voice Machines: The Castrato, the Cat Piano and other strange sounds will be published in June of 2023 by the University of Chicago Press.  Monteverdi’s Unruly Women appeared in 2004 and The Courtesans Arts; a co-edited essay collection appeared in 2006.  She is currently working on a new book called Jefferson’s Ear. She is a founding faculty member of the Equity Center at UVa and a co-director of the new Sound Justice lab. In the music department she teaches classes on music history, noise, gender, race, and history as storytelling. She has also taught in the Engagements and the Pavilion Seminars and frequently offers classes focused on community engagement and is affiliated faculty in Women and Gender studies as well as Jewish Studies.  Outside of the classroom she works with students in a variety of community engagement/public service programs. In addition to her scholarly writing, Dr. Gordon has contributed to the New York Times, Washington Post, Slate and the C-ville Weekly. She plays jazz, rock, and classical viola. Dr. Gordon is the recipient of a dissertation grant from the American Association of University Women, a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Brandeis University, a Bunting Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. She has also been the Robert Lehman Visiting Professor at Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies.


UVA Department of Music
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