Adjunct Assistant Professor | Director of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women
Crawford Hall 110
Dr. Nielson is an historical musicologist with a specialization in women’s studies. Since 2011, she has had the honor of being the first Anisfield-Wolf SAGES Fellow and appointed as a Lecturer in the Department of music. In that role, she teaches classes related to the mission of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards of fostering cultural tolerance and diversity as well as her own research. Among her classes are courses on the courtesan, the harem, world slavery, how ancient and medieval science defined humanity and difference, and a class dedicated solely to the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards. During her six years at CWRU, Dr. Nielson has been nominated for and received several undergraduate teaching awards. She received the Richard A. Bloom, MD Award for Distinguished Teaching in the SAGES Program in 2012, the Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2014, and the J. Bruce Jackson, MD, Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring in 2016. This May, she received the Faculty Prism Award from the LGBT Center, awarded at the annual Lavender Graduation celebration.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Nielson regularly presents at national and international conferences, and was a recipient of a Balzan International Musicology Visitorship. She spent summer of 2016 conducting research at the national Library of Israel in Jerusalem, Israel, and convened a panel as well as presented the preliminary findings of that project at a seminar at Oxford in November, 2016. Nielson has published in Early Music History, has an article forthcoming in an essay collection to be published by Oxford University press, and contributed reviews and opinion pieces to the Journal of the Society for American Music and the Anisfield-Wolf Book awards blog. She is currently working on completing her book, Music and Musicians in the Medieval Islamic World: A Social and Cultural History, to be published by IB Tauris. Her professional memberships include the Middle East Studies Association, the American Musicological Society, and the Middle East Medievalists.