Anna Beatrice Gatdula

Anna Gatdula
Cohort Year: 2017
Advisor(s): Martha Feldman
Research Interests: American cultural history; opera; voice studies; affect theory
Education: BM (Voice Performance), DePauw University; MA (Musicology, outside area: Ethnomusicology), Indiana University


Anna (she/her) is currently a fellow for the Howard Mayer Brown Fellowship, from the American Musicological Society (2022-23). She is a proud co-founder and current co-chair of Project Spectrum, an interdisciplinary group of music studies graduate students and faculty committed to the work of diversity, equity, and access in the field. Her dissertation, titled “Spectacles of a Nuclear Empire,” focuses on post-1945 opera, musical, film, and public service announcement, which narrate the United States’ position as a global superpower in the wake of its use of nuclear weapons. Her research outlines the history of nuclear biopolitics in the U.S. and argues that the aesthetic strategy of spectacle was central to the idealization (or fantasy) of security and the image of citizenship. Outside of the academy, Anna pursues one too many hobbies including poetry writing, photography, knitting, baking, and triathlon.


  • Coordinator of Sound and Society Workshop (2019-2021)
  • Presented at C20-C21 Workshop
  • Theater and Performance Studies Workshop

Teaching Experience

  • Introduction to Western Art Music (Instructor of Record), Spring 2022
  • Making and Meaning in the American Musical, Winter 2022
  • Opera Across Media, Spring 2021
  • Music in Western Civilization, Fall-Winter 2019-2020