Rebecca Dowd Geoffroy-Schwinden is a Ph.D. candidate in musicology at Duke University. Rebecca's dissertation focuses on the intersection and interaction of popular experiences and philosophies of music during the French Revolution, specifically how musicians reinvented their profession through social and musical performances during the revolutionary decade. She spent a year digging through archives in Paris, France, and her articles and reviews appear in Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture and Eighteenth-Century Music, among others. Rebecca's work combines the methodologies of musicology, history, anthropology, and performance studies to analyze music in all its forms–from performance, to discourse, to text.
In addition to her work on seventeenth through nineteenth-century French music, Rebecca also researches and writes about film music, and teaches courses on writing about music and music as politics from the eighteenth-century to the present.
This project is Rebecca's first large-scale foray into sound studies in eighteenth-century contexts, as well as into the digital humanities. She hopes to shed new light on how the digital humanities can facilitate a historical, embodied approach to sound as material culture.
Rebecca earned an M.A. in musicology from Duke in 2011, and holds B.A.s in history and in international studies, phi beta kappa, from Penn State's Schreyer Honors College. You can follower her on Twitter @BeccaSchwinRoy.