Kevin C. Karnes


Winship Professor of Music History

Office: Burlington Road Building, Room 238

Phone: 404-727-5038

Fax: 404-727-0074






PhD, 2001, Brandeis University


Kevin C. Karnes is a historical musicologist who studies sounding expressions of identity, difference, and belonging in eastern and central Europe from the eighteenth century to the present. His work explores archives and ethnomusicological fields, engaging projects in such domains as anthropology, sound studies, philosophy, art history, Baltic studies, and Jewish studies. His latest work includes Arvo Pärt’s Tabula Rasa (Oxford UP, 2017), “Inventing Eastern Europe in the Ear of the Enlightenment” (Journal of the American Musicological Society, 2018), and the 2019 Bard Festival volume, Korngold and His World (coedited with Daniel Goldmark; Princeton UP). Other publications include the books A Kingdom Not of This World: Wagner, the Arts, and Utopian Visions in Fin-de-Siècle Vienna (Oxford UP, 2013) and Music, Criticism, and the Challenge of History (Oxford UP, 2008); and the edited volumes Jewish Folk Songs from the Baltics (A-R Editions, 2014), and Baltic Musics/Baltic Musicologies: The Landscape since 1991 (with Joachim Braun, Routledge, 2009).

Kevin has a PhD in musicology from Brandeis University, an MM in trombone performance from the University of Washington, and BS degrees in mathematics and management science from MIT. His work has been recognized with fellowships and awards from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies. He serves as founding editor of the Oxford Keynotes Series, published by Oxford University Press, and as incoming editor-in-chief of the Journal of American Musicological Society.