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 central and eastern Europe from the nineteenth century to the present. His work explores archives and ethnomusicological fields, engaging projects in such domains as philosophy, anthropology, art history, sound studies, Baltic studies, and Jewish studies. His publications include Arvo Pärt: Tabula Rasa (Oxford UP, 2016), Jewish Folk Songs from the Baltics (A-R Editions, 2014), A Kingdom Not of This World: Wagner, the Arts, and Utopian Visions in Fin-de-Siècle Vienna (Oxford UP, 2013), Brahms and His World (ed. with Walter Frisch; Princeton UP, 2009), Baltic Musics/Baltic Musicologies: The Landscape since 1991 (ed. with Joachim Braun; Routledge, 2009); and Music, Criticism, and the Challenge of History (Oxford UP, 2008). He is presently working on a new book project entitled Sounding Landscapes, Silent Histories: Listening and the Inventing of Eastern Europe in Baltic Russia before the Shoah.

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 series editor of Oxford Keynotes, published by Oxford University Press.