I am interested in supervising projects on late-medieval music, basically in the period c.1250-c.1400. I will be most interested in your project (and particularly useful to you as a supervisor) if you want to work on anything involving any combination of the following: songs, motets, intertextual issues, broad cultural issues, court culture, music analysis, gender and sexuality studies, nature and animals, French literature, historiography, the ontology of music, Chaucer. If you have only vague ideas for a project in this area, I might be able to suggest something that would build on your interests and skills — just get in touch by email.
Ideal students should be willing to learn to read in modern German and an appropriate medieval language, willing to examine medieval manuscripts, and willing to engage with a spectrum of issues from the minutiae of musical details and the broadest of critical approaches. If you are interested in an academic career after your graduate work, I will offer you assistance with professional development, including the delivery of conference papers and job talks, IT and digital humanities use, and teaching.
My current and recent students are listed here (dates, where give, are completion dates). Please feel free to get in touch with them for the unvarnished account of what it’s like working with me! NB: I am on sabbatical leave 1 Oct 2015-30 Sept 2018; this means I am not currently involved in the Masters course at Oxford. However, I will still be taking on 1-2 doctoral students a year (to a maximum of 4 at any one time) during this period.
I am also interested in students coming for shorter periods from the home institutions as part of international exchange projects, such as ERASMUS. Just get in touch.
Current doctoral students
- from 2014: Henry Drummond: The Cantigas de Santa Maria (twitter).
- from 2014: Joe Mason: The medieval French jeu parti
- from 2013: Meghan Quinlan: Contrafacta (google+; academia.edu).
- from 2012: Matthew Thomson: Shared motet and song voices around 1300 (web; twitter).
- from 2010 Marc Lewon (supervised by Reinhard Strohm): 15thC instrumental music (Wikipedia; blog; Faculty of Music graduate page; twitter; Ensemble Leones).
Former doctoral students (with completion dates)
- 2013. Henry Hope: Constructing the Minnesänger musically. (web; blog). Henry is currently Stipendiary Lecturer in Music at Magdalen College, Oxford.
- 2013. Christopher Garrard (EEL advisor for critical theory work; supervised by Martyn Harry): Composition (web; blog; twitter).
- 2015-present: Mikhail Lopatin, holder of a Newton Postdoctoral Fellowship at St Hugh’s College.
- 2014-present: Eleanor Giraud, JRF in Music at Lincoln College (twitter).
- 2010-present: Katherine Butler, BA postdoc at the Faculty of Music and St John’s College, 2010-2014; from Oct 2014, RA on the AHRC funded project, Tudor Partbooks (research blog Early Modern English Music).