Deirdre Loughridge is a musicologist who specializes in musical cultures of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and in histories of music technology. She received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, and has held fellowships from the Mellon Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies at the University of California, Berkeley. She joined the music faculty at Northeastern University in 2016.
Loughridge’s award-winning first book, Haydn’s Sunrise, Beethoven’s Shadow: Audiovisual Culture and the Emergence of Musical Romanticism (University of Chicago Press, 2016), explores the roles of optical technologies in fostering new approaches to music and listening in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and is now available from sellers such as Amazon. On the web, Loughridge is co-curator of the Museum of Imaginary Musical Instruments, and author of the blog Spooky & the Metronome. She is also a cellist.