Grace  Edgar

Grace  Edgar

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music

Joined Connecticut College: 2021

B.M. Music Education, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
M.A. Musicology, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Ph.D. Musicology, Harvard University; Secondary field, American Studies



U.S. Music

Film Music

Feminist and Queer Theories

Grace Edgar is a musicologist whose work explores Hollywood film music and musical representations of identity. Her current book project analyzes depictions of gender and sexuality in Cold-War-era Hollywood action scores using methodologies from musicology, American studies, film studies, and queer theory. Her article “Queers of Steel: Camp in John Williams’s Superman (1978) and Jerry Goldsmith’s Supergirl (1984)” was recently published in the Journal for the Society of American Music, and she has contributed a chapter to the edited collection Music and Action Film (Routledge, 2021). She has presented her research at annual conferences of the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, and Music and the Moving Image. 


At Connecticut College, Professor Edgar teaches courses on music history, music in the U.S., and intersections between music and politics. She previously taught at Denison University and Northeastern University. 

Selected publications: 

“Queers of Steel: Camp in John Williams’s Superman (1978) and Jerry Goldsmith’s Supergirl (1984),” Journal of the Society for American Music 15, no. 3 (2021): 321–44.

“‘I Am No Lady When I Fight!’: Gender Politics in the Postwar Swashbuckler Score,” in Music in Action Film: Sounds Like Action!, ed. James Buhler and Mark Durrand (New York: Routledge, 2021), 37–58.

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Grace  Edgar
Connecticut College
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320


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