Christina Gier, BA in Music History (University of Idaho); MA in Musicology (Duke University); PhD in Musicology (Duke University)

Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - Music Dept


Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - Music Dept
(780) 492-4015
3-34C Arts Building (Main & Conv Hall)
113 St and 91 Ave
Edmonton AB
T6G 2E6



Dr. Christina Gier is Associate Professor of Musicology at the University of Alberta, and she earned a Ph.D. in Musicology from Duke University. She researches gender and music through a lens on identity and subjectivity, and her research and publications focus on different aspects of European and American early twentieth century music. She recently published a book about the musical practices of American civilians and soldiers during the First World War and how songs sold as sheet music shaped ideas of identity, gender and race. Dr. Gier has also published articles on the modernist aesthetics of Alban Berg. Berg’s reading notebooks provide insight into his personal ideas on the gender discourse in fin-de-siècle Vienna. The relationship of these ideas to his musical composition is approached through a theory of intertextuality between music and language.

Selected Publications

Singing, Soldiering and Sheet Music in America during the First World War. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2016.

Journal Articles:

“Song Leaders of the American Expeditionary Forces, 1917-1918” Journal for Musicological Research (August 12, 2013 accepted, proofs confirmed, Nov 2013)

“Dixieland in France: Race and Musical Morality in the American Military during the First World War," Musik bezieht die Stellung: Musik und 1. Weltkriege. Goettingen, Germany: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2013.

“War, Anxiety and Hope: Sheet Music in America from 1914-1917,” Music and Politics (Feb 23, 2013 accepted, forthcoming; Proofs confirmed, Nov 2013)

“Music and Mimicry in Sunset Boulevard (1950)” in Anxiety Muted: American Film Music in a Suburban Age. Edited by Anthony Bushard and Stanley Pelkey. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. 

“Berg’s Weininger, Intertextuality and “Seele, wie bist du schöner, op. 4,” Musica Humana, Vol. 2, No. 2 (Autumn 2010): 139–166.

“Gender, Politics and the American Soldier’s Song during WWI” in Music and Politics, Vol. 2 (January 2008): 1-20. 

“Truth, Gender and Sex: Berg’s Schnitzler and the Motivic processes of ‘Reigen,’ op. 6” in Journal of Musicological Research, vol.26, issue 4 (Fall 2007): 353-377.

“Sounding the Frauenseele: Gender, Modernism and Intertextuality in Alban Berg’s ‘Über die Grenzen,’ op. 4” in Women and Music, vol. 9 (2005): 51-68. 


Areas of Instruction:

  • Music history
  • Studies in music and gender
  • Studies in music and film
  • American experimentalism
  • Music in the Weimar Republic
  • Women in music

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