Abigail Fine is a music historian specializing in nineteenth-century music culture. She teaches survey courses in nineteenth- and twentieth-century music, the history of opera, and cultural-historical topic seminars on material studies, opera staging, and celebrity. Her research focuses on reception and materiality in Germany and Austria, with a current monograph project that explores how a widespread fascination with composers’ earthly traces (relics, shrines, sites of pilgrimage) shaped the reception of their music.
Fine presents her research at conferences and symposia in the U.S. and abroad. Recent presentations include the American Musicological Society, the Sound and Secularity Symposium at Stony Brook University, After Idealism in Cambridge, UK, and Music and the Middlebrow in London. Her research has been supported by a Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, an International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council, and the Deutscher akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD). She was the further recipient of an Ernst Mach Fellowship for research in Austria and a Franke Institute for the Humanities Dissertation Completion Fellowship.