Alessandra Jones is a postdoctoral resident scholar and visiting assistant professor of music in musicology at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
Her research centers on the politics of sound and music in nineteenth-century Italy, with a particular focus in examining the porous boundaries between art music and the popular or the folk. Additional research interests include audiovisual aesthetics in contemporary media and Italian opera in nineteenth-century Latin America.
Jones’ current book project explores the relationship between Italian song and the development of ethnography in the nineteenth century. An article on the politics of listening in Venice after the 1848 revolutions appeared in Cambridge Opera Journal.
She was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University. Her research has been supported by the American Musicological Society (Alvin H. Johnson AMS 50 Dissertation Fellowship) and the Gladys Kreible Delmas Foundation. Prior to beginning her Ph.D. studies, she spent five years working in administration at the Metropolitan Opera.
Beyond her research interests, Jones is always excited to talk about romance and fantasy novels, movies that came out in 1994, and her many animal godchildren.