Paula Harper is a PhD candidate in Historical Musicology at Columbia University. She studies music and sound and the internet, with focuses on issues of circulation, sharing, sociality and social media, fandom, gender, and representation. She has presented on topics ranging from Beyoncé, to Taylor Swift, to internet musical practices, at conferences across the country and internationally. Paula is presently completing a dissertation entitled “Unmute This: Sound, Circulation, and Sociality in the Rise of Viral Media.” At Columbia, Paula is on the editorial board of the Current Musicology journal, and was one of the chairs of the 2017 Columbia Music Scholarship Conference. This year, she is also serving a term as a student member of the Graduate Education Committee of the American Musicological Society.

Equally passionate about her role as an instructor, Paula has taught several semesters of Music Humanities in the Columbia Core curriculum; she served as a Teaching Observation Fellow in 2017-2018 through the Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning, and was the proud recipient of the 2016 Meyerson Award for Excellence in Core Teaching. In Fall 2017, she taught “Divas, Monsters, Material Girls: Women in Music Video,” a self-designed course through the Columbia Teaching Scholars program.

Beyond campus, the library, and the classroom, Paula sings as a soprano and choral musician around New York City, and serves as a staff singer at The Oratory Church of St. Boniface in Brooklyn.

Contact Paula at pch2112@columbia.edu or say hi to her at an upcoming conference.