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Mia Tootill



Mia is a Ph.D. candidate in musicology at Cornell. She holds a B.Mus. (Hons) in clarinet performance from Trinity College of Music, and M.A. degrees in musicology from Pennsylvania State University and Cornell. Mia has presented at conferences in the US and abroad, including the 16th, 17th, and 18th Biennial International Conferences on 19th-Century Music, the Meyerbeer and French Grand Opéra International Conference, and the 1st Transnational Opera Studies Conference. Her research centers on French opera, ballet, and popular theater in the long nineteenth century, and the subsequent emergence of silent film. Mia’s dissertation examines the use of the devil as a media effect in French musical stage works, and illuminates the interactions between theatrical culture, musico-visual spectacle, and technological innovation in mid-nineteenth-century Paris. Her dissertation research trips to Paris have been funded by travel grants from Cornell’s Einaudi Center, Graduate School, the Society for the Humanities, and Donald J. Grout Memorial Scholarships from the Music Department. She was also awarded the American Musicological Society’s 2014 William Holmes/Frank D’Accone Award for travel and research in the history of opera.

Mia’s interests also extend to the digital humanities, particularly data visualization (network analysis and GIS). She held a summer fellowship in digital scholarship at Cornell in 2014; this supported the initial development of a website on theaters in nineteenth-century Paris, which allows users to visualize the urban musical environment through pre- and post-Haussmannian maps with digitally-plotted venues. She is also interested in collaborative pedagogical projects and was awarded a bursary from the ACH to participate in a course on Digital Pedagogy at the 2015 Digital Humanities Summer Institute. She has served as a HASTAC scholar since 2014.

Mia currently holds a Don M. Randel Teaching Fellowship for 2015-16 and will be teaching a course on “The Sounds of Silent Film” in Spring 2016.