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Mary Simonson

Assistant Professor of Film & Media Studies and Women's Studies
Women's Studies, 115B East Hall
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BA, Rutgers University, 2001; MA (2004), PhD (2007), University of Virginia

Teaching Experience

University of Virginia (2006-2007); University of California, Los Angeles (2007-2008)


Film music, American cinema, performance studies, 19th- and 20th-century opera and dance, American popular entertainment


Body Knowledge: Performance, Intermediality, and American Entertainment at the Turn of the Twentieth Century. Oxford University Press, October 2013. “Dancing the Future, Performing the Past: Isadora Duncan and Wagnerism in the American Imagination,” Journal of the American Musicological Society 65, no. 2 (Summer 2012).
“A Different Kind of Ballet:  Rereading Dorothy Arzner’s Dance, Girl, Dance,” in Mediated Moves: A Popular Screen Dance Reader, edited by Melissa Blanco Borelli.  Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
“Screening the Diva,” in The Arts of the Prima Donna in the Long Nineteenth Century, edited by Hilary Poriss and Rachel Cowgill. Oxford University Press, 2012.
“Creating Knowledge:  Feminist Scholarship as Activism,” in Leading the Way: Young Women’s Activism for Social Change, edited by Mary K. Trigg.  Rutgers University Press, 2009.
“The Call of Salome:  American Adaptations and Recreations of the Female Body,” Women and Music 11 (2007), 1-16.


Music, Dance, and Female Creativity in Early Twentieth-Century American Performance


The Society of American Music's 2007 H. Wiley Housewright Dissertation Award Finalist
University of Virginia Dissertation-Year Fellow
University of Virginia Presidential Fellow
The American Musicological Society's Lowens' Award for Graduate Student Research, 2003
Phi Beta Kappa