Alexander K. Rothe

Core Lecturer, Music Humanities

Alexander K. Rothe is a Core Lecturer at Columbia University, where he earned his Ph.D. in Historical Musicology in 2015. His research interests are performance studies, Regieoper, Wagner studies, and new music and diversity. He is currently writing a book on afterlives of 1968, global politics, and stagings of Wagner’s Ring cycle in divided Germany.

Dr. Rothe served as a graduate instructor of Music Humanities between 2009 and 2014. His research has been published in The Musical Quarterly, and his recent conference presentations include the AMS Annual Conference in Rochester in 2017, the German Studies Association Annual Conference in Atlanta in 2017, the MLA Annual Convention in Philadelphia in 2017, the Wagner Society of New York, and the AMS-GNY Winter 2016 Chapter Meeting (“Women and Music”). He has received research grants from the Fulbright Program and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). As an undergraduate at Northwestern University, he completed the five-year dual degree program, receiving a B.A./B.S. with honors in German and a B.M. with honors in Music Cognition.

Dr. Rothe’s dissertation, entitled “Staging the Past: Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle in Divided Germany during the 1970s and 1980s,” was advised by Prof. Walter Frisch. It examines how Wagner stagings both reflected and contributed to broader historical debates about the Nazi past and the legacy of the 1968 events.

See his website here.

Staging the Past: Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle in Divided Germany during the 1970s and 1980s
Columbia Degrees: 
MA, Historical Musicology
MPhil, Historical Musicology
PhD, Historical Musicology
Degrees from Other Institutions: 
with honors
Northwestern University
with honors
Music Cognition
Northwestern University