Maria Ryan

Third Year Graduate Student in Musicology
103, Music Building
215 898-7544

Maria Ryan is a third-year musicology doctoral student. She is interested in contemporary opera, the interplay between the visual, the imagined, and the musical, and the politics of access to Western art music. Her dissertation will be focusing on race and classical music in the nineteenth-century British Empire, and the ways in which black people under British rule were able to engage with music both to subvert and to reinforce imperial ideas. As well as her work in the Music Department, Maria is also working towards the graduate certificate in Africana Studies. Prior to joining Penn, she worked at the Cultural Institute at King’s College London and the music department of Westminster Abbey, both of which hugely influenced how she thinks about institutional memory, arts and the state, and the role of arts in childhood. Maria holds a BA in music from the University of Nottingham and an MMus from King’s College London.