Alumni News: Kathryn Huether Appointed as Bowdoin College’s 2022-2023 Visiting Assistant Professor of Musicology

Kathryn Huether

Congratulations to alumna Kathryn Huether (PhD, musicology, 2021) for her appointment as Bowdoin College’s 2022-2023 Visiting Assistant Professor of Musicology. 

Dr. Kathryn Agnes Huether is currently the American University and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 2021-2022 Postdoctoral Fellow in Holocaust Studies. Huether received her PhD in Musicology from the University of Minnesota (Advisee of Karen Painter/Leslie Morris), during which she was the recipient of Middlebury College’s summer language school Kathryn Davis for Peace Fellowship, the University of Minnesota’s Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship and Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship, the Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellowship, USHMM’s Summer Graduate Student Research Fellowship, and a FLAS to study Yiddish. Dr. Huether holds a second Master’s degree in Religious studies/Jewish studies from the University of Colorado, and a Bachelor’s in Violin and Religious Studies from Montana State University.  

Dr. Huether’s dissertation, “Centering the Sonic: Sound Mediation in Holocaust Memory, Memorials, and Museums,” examined Holocaust representation specifically for its sonic qualities, including musical underscoring, audio guides, vocal affect, and the sound of language. A chapter on her audio guide research at Treblinka is included in the forthcoming volume Visitor Experience at Holocaust Memorial Sites edited by Diana Popescu, and is currently working on her book project: Sounding Trauma, Mediating Memory: Holocaust Economy and the Politics of Sound. 

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