Assistant Professor, Dr. Julia Wingo Shinnick, (PhD, historical musicology, The University of Texas at Austin), also holds the MM and MA degrees. Her area of specialization is music of the Middle Ages. She has served on the program committee for Musicology at Kalamazoo, and from 1997 to 2008 she served on the advisory board as treasurer for the Colloquium on Violence and Religion (COV&R).
Shinnick’s current research focuses on music in light of René Girard’s “mimetic theory.” Forthcoming in 2010 from Medieval Institute Publications in the volume Music, Dance, and Society: Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Memory of Ingrid G. Brainard is her study, “A Newly Recognized Polyphonic Christmas Gospel, Liber generationis, and Another Look at the Polyphony in the Manuscript Assisi, Biblioteca del Sacro Convento, MS 695.”
Among the graduate music courses Dr. Shinnick has taught are History of Music for the Mass, History of Music Notation, and Music Bibliography and Research. Subjects she has taught (besides music) include English composition, the American novel, world literature, British literature, and introduction to the fine arts. In the Spring of 2011, Shinnick plans to offer two graduate seminars, Foundations of Music Theory to c. 1545 and Music and Courtly Love.