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Mary Simonson

Mary Simonson

Associate Professor of Film & Media Studies and Women's Studies; Director, Film & Media Studies Program
Women's Studies , 115B East Hall
p 315-228-6359


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. New York: Oxford University Press, October 2013. 

" 'Adding to the Pictures': The American Film Prologue in the 1920s," American Music (Spring 2019): 1-28.

“Visualizing Music in the Silent Era: The Collaborative Experiments of Visual Symphony 
Productions,” Journal of the Society for American Music 12, no. 1 (February 2018), 2-36.

“Dance Pictures: The Cinematic Experiments of Anna Pavlova and Rita Sacchetto,”
Screening the Past 40 (September 2015).

“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.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

“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): 511-555.

“Screening the Diva,” in
The Arts of the Prima Donna in the Long Nineteenth Century, edited by Hilary Poriss and Rachel Cowgill. New York: 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.  New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2009.

“The Call of Salome:  American Adaptations and Recreations of the Female Body,”
Women and Music 11 (2007), 1-16.

Review of Marian Wilson Kimber, The Elocutionists: Women, Music, and the Spoken Word (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2017). Journal of the American Musicological Society 72, no. 1 (Spring 2019): 251-255.

Review of Carrie J. Preston,
Modernism’s Mythic Pose: Gender, Genre, Solo Performance (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011). Dance Chronicle 36 (2013): 118-122.

Review of Annie J. Randall and Rosalind Grey Davis,
Puccini and the Girl:  History and Reception of The Girl of the Golden West (Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2004).  Notes (August 2006): 110-112.

Review of Maria Pini,
Club Cultures and Female Subjectivity:  The Move from Home to House (New York:  Palgrave, 2001).   Women and Music 8 (2004): 86-92.

Professional Experience

Convenor, Mellon Central New York Humanities Corridor "Performance/History" Working Group, January 2014-present

Chair, Music, Sound, and Media Interest Group, Society for American Music, 2008-present

Steering Committee, Women and Film History International, October 2014-June 2017

Principal Organizer, "The Performing Body in the Hollywood Film Musical: An Interdisciplinary Symposium," April 2013

Member, American Musicological Society; Society for American Music; Society for Dance History Scholars; Women and Film History International


New York Public Library Short-Term Research Fellow, 2014-15

Finalist, The Society of American Music's H. Wiley Housewright Dissertation Award, 2007

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