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Emily Wilbourne
Position: Assistant Professor, Queens College and Graduate Center
Campus Affiliation: Queens College
Phone: (718) 997-3813
Degrees/Diplomas: PhD, NYU
Research Interests: 17th-century music, gender studies

Emily Wilbourne is a musicologist specializing in theatrical music and sound in seventeenth-century Italy. Her work engages with questions of gender, performance and sexuality and with repertories of the commedia dell’arte and Italian opera; she is currently at work on a monograph entitled Seventeenth-Century Opera and the Legacy of the Commedia dell'arte. In 2008-9, Emily was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Music at Columbia University, and, more recently, her article, “Amor nello specchio (1622): Mirroring, Masturbation, and Same-Sex Love,” was awarded the 2011 Philip Brett Award of the LGBTQ Study Group of the American Musicological Society.


Lo Schiavetto (1612): Travestied Sound, Ethnic Performance, and the Eloquence of the Body.” Journal of the American Musicological Society 63.1 (2010): 1–44.

Amor nello specchio (1622): Mirroring, Masturbation and Same-Sex Love.” Women & Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture 13 (2009): 54–65.

“‘Isabella Ringiovinita’: Virginia Ramponi Andreini before Arianna.” Recercare 19 (2007): 49–73.

“‘Verginia Andreini, detta Florinda’ tra soggettivitĂ  biografica e soggettivitĂ  rappresentata.” Teatro e storia, ed. Annamaria Cecconi and Roberta Gandolfi, 28 (2007): 394-406.

“The Future of Academia is on the Line: Protest, Pedagogy, Picketing, Performativity.” Workplace 14 (2007): 9–30;

“Bibliography of recent queer musicology,” in Queering the Pitch: The New Gay and Lesbian Musicology, 2nd. ed. Ed. Philip Brett, Elizabeth Wood and Gary C. Thomas. New York: Routledge, 2006. 379–389.