Paula Harper

PhD Student in Historical Musicology

Paula Clare Harper is a PhD candidate in Historical Musicology at Columbia University. Her work focuses on issues of circulation, sharing, sociality and social media, fandom, gender, and representation. She has presented on topics ranging from Beyoncé, to Taylor Swift, to internet musical practices, at conferences across the country and internationally. Paula is presently at work on a dissertation entitled “Unmute This: Sound, Circulation, and Sociality in the Rise of Viral Media.” At Columbia, Paula serves on the editorial board of the Current Musicology journal, and is one of the chairs of the 2017 Columbia Music Scholarship Conference. Equally passionate about her role as an instructor, Paula has taught several semesters of Music Humanities in the Columbia Core curriculum; she served as a Lead Teaching Fellow in 2015-2016 through the Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning, and was the proud recipient of the 2016 Meyerson Award for Excellence in Core Teaching. This fall, she will be teaching her self-designed course "Divas, Monsters, Material Girls: Women in Music Video," through the Columbia Teaching Scholars program.