Jane Forner entered the PhD program in Historical Musicology in Fall 2015. Originally from London, England, she completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Cambridge (Peterhouse) in 2014, where she received the William Barclay-Squire prize for distinction in music history. Her research centers on European opera since 1900, with interests in colonial history, interdisciplinary work across the visual arts, literature and philosophy, and theories of gender and race in opera. Her recent work has focused on the operas of Thomas Adès and Kaija Saariaho. She is currently working on a dissertation on the intersection of feminism, cultural identity, politics, and religion in European and North American operas since 2000, focusing on works by Moneim Adwan, Cecilie Ore, Anthony Davis, and Peter Eötvös.