Olivia Bloechl    

Associate Professor


Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Olivia Bloechl is a critical historian of early modern music, with broad expertise in baroque opera, postcolonialism, cultural theory, and ethics and politics of music. She has been on the UCLA faculty since 2004. 

The author of Native American Song at the Frontiers of Early Modern Music (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2008), she is also co-editor (with Melanie Lowe and Jeffrey Kallberg) of Rethinking Difference in Music Scholarship (forthcoming, Cambridge Univ. Press). 

Olivia Bloechlr's current project is a book on Opera and Politics in Old Regime France, which explores tragic opera’s involvement with politics before the French Revolution. Research for Opera and Politics was supported in part by an ACLS Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship.

Prof. Bloechl has recently offered graduate seminars on “Tragedy and Early Modern Opera,” “Politics of Difference,” “Ethics of Musicality,” and “Postcolonial Studies in Early Music,” and she regularly teaches the “Critical, Cultural, and Social Theory” segment of the first-year graduate course sequence (MUSCLGY 200B).  Undergraduate course topics include early European music, baroque opera, exoticism in Western music, and music and gender, as well as a new course introducing students to the humanistic study of listening.