Research Areas: Musicology
Alex Lawler is a second year Musicology PhD student at Case Western Reserve University. Previously, he attained a Bachelors in Music History from the Shepherd School of Music (Rice University), and a Masters in Musicology from the Moores School of Music (University of Houston). His undergraduate thesis was a study of Amy Beach’s unpublished opera Cabildo, and his masters’ thesis investigated the intersection of characterization, history, and ideology in Adams’s opera Nixon in China.
Alex’s research interests are eclectic, embracing a variety of different subjects from the 20th (and 21st) centuries, but primarily focused upon dramatic music from The United States and the ways in which music and ideology interact. Alex’s current projects include an article on the relationship between harmonic structure and cold war ideology in Nixon in China, and a conference paper on the subject of gender politics in depictions of Jiang Qing (“Madame Mao”) in contemporary opera.
Alex has extensive experience in copy-editing, fact-checking, and research. He has been Dr. Howard Pollack’s (University of Houston, Musicology) research and editorial assistant since 2012, and has been deeply involved in his most recent two biographies, Marc Blitzstein (Oxford, 2012) and in particular, the forthcoming John Latouche (Oxford, 2017).
Outside of his Musicological work, Alex has experience with media digitalization projects. Currently he is at work on a digitalization protocol and metadata-searchable database for The Cleveland Orchestra’s archival collection of sixty-thousand photographs, and has also become a consultant for individuals or small organizations wishing to donate their papers or collections to institutions.
Finally, Alex is a tutor in the SELP (Spoken English Language Partners) program at Case, assisting graduate-level International students with English and United States culture. In his free time, Alex enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, Alyson, their pet bunny, Sweetie, and playing video games.