Sean Colonna

Sean Colonna is a PhD candidate in historical musicology writing a dissertation titled “Drugs, Music, and the Aesthetic: A Decolonial Analysis of Germany’s Transition to Romanticism.” His research compares historical accounts of drug-induced experiences with contemporaneous descriptions of musical aesthetics in order to explore the influences of coloniality on Western theories of subjectivity and consciousness. He has recently published “Using Mastery Objectives to Foster Inclusive Teaching” in Teaching Gradually: Practical Pedagogy and Classroom Strategies for Graduate Students, by Graduate Students (Stylus, 2021); and "Coffee and Music: Anthropotechnologies of the Enlightenment" in The World of Music (New Series) 10, no.2 (2021).

Columbia Degrees: 
PhD, Historical Musicology