Linda Phyllis Austern is a specialist in sixteenth-, seventeenth-, and early eighteenth-century musical-cultural relations; music in the early modern English theater; gender and sexuality studies; Shakespeare and music; and music as related to the visual arts. Her books include Music in English Children's Drama of the Later Renaissance (1994); Music, Sensation, and Sensuality (edited 2002); Music of the Sirens (edited with Inna Naroditskaya 2006); Psalms in the Early Modern World (co-edited 2011); and Beyond Boundaries: Re-Thinking Music Circulation in Early Modern England (co-edited 2017).
Professor Austern recently published "Manipulating Music at the Court of Elizabeth I" in the Journal of the Royal Musical Association (2017) and contributed chapters to Gender and Song in Early Modern England (Ashgate, 2014), That Noble Flame: Essays in the Poetry of Katherine Philips (Duquesne University Press, 2015), Eros and Euterpe: Essays on Music and Eroticism from the Middle Ages to the Baroque (Ashgate, 2015); and Shakespeare, Music and Performance (Cambridge, 2017). Her other articles and reviews have appeared in collections of scholarly essays and such journals as the Journal of the American Musicological Society, The Journal of Musicology, Music and Letters, Modern Philology, The Musical Quarterly,and Renaissance Quarterly. Her research has been funded by the American Council of Learned Societies, British Academy, Newberry Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and National Endowment for the Humanities.
Professor Austern is currently serving as Vice-President of the North American British Music Studies Association. She is also a member of the International Advisory Panel for the Journal of the Royal Musical Association and is Musical Advisor for the Oxford University Press Complete Works of John Marston. She has previously served on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Musicological Society, Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music, and Renaissance Quarterly.