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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
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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. New York: Oxford University Press, October 2013. 

“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.

Professional Experience

Steering Committee, Women and Film History International, October 2014-present

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

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

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

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