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Judith A. Peraino

medieval music, rock, queer theory
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Tel#: 607-255-5059
116 Lincoln Hall


Judith Peraino holds a B.A. in music from the University of Chicago (1987) and a Ph.D. in music from the University of California, Berkeley (1995), where she studied medieval music with Richard Crocker, and music and queer theory with Philip Brett.

Peraino’s publications include articles on medieval secular songs and motets; Henry Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas; the rock artists Blondie, David Bowie, and PJ Harvey; and early synthpop. She is the author of two books: Listening to the Sirens: Musical Technologies of Queer Identity from Homer to Hedwig (California, 2006), winner of the Philip Brett Award of the American Musicological Society; and Giving Voice to Love:  Song and Self-Expression from the Troubadours to Guillaume de Machaut (Oxford, 2011).

Peraino is a faculty member of the Medieval Studies Program and the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. She also plays congas, djembe, and other percussion instruments with the Cornell World Drum and Dance Ensemble, and performs with the Cornell Steel Band and various ensembles in Ithaca.

Selected Courses:

Punk Culture: The Art and Politics of Refusal (undergraduate)
History of Rock Music (undergraduate)
Rock, Rap, and Ethics (undergraduate)
Critical Approaches to Popular Music (undergraduate)
Music and Queer Identity (graduate/undergraduate)
Women and Music (graduate/undergraduate)
Medieval Music, Notation, and Culture (graduate)
The Chansons of Guillaume de Machaut (graduate)
Gender, Sexuality, and Glam Rock (graduate)
Music of the Troubadours (graduate)
The Beatles (graduate)