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Seton Hall University

Paul Christiansen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Music
College of Communication and the Arts

Dr. Paul Christiansen is a musicologist specializing in Czech music and music in political advertisements. He has provided commentary for BBC Radio 3 on the sesquicentennial of Leoš Janáček's birth and done an interview in Czech language with Czech Radio 2 Prague (Český Rozhlas 2 Praha) about Janáček's Brno International Music Festival. His research has been featured in newspapers and on the radio both in New England and in the greater New York area. Most recently, he was heard on NPR stations in an Academic Minute, in which he discussed music in 2016 presidential campaign ads, and quoted in an article for the Star-Ledger.

Supported by fellowships and grants from Fulbright, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, and the American Musicological Society, his work has appeared in New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Journal of Musicological Research, Notes, ECHO: A Music-Centered Journal, Plainsong and Medieval Music, Journal of the Society for American Music, MedieKultur: Journal of Media and Communication Research, Music and Politics, Music and the Moving Image, and 19th-Century Music. His book Orchestrating Public Opinion: How Music Persuades in Television Political Ads for US Presidential Campaigns, 1952-2016 was published in 2018 by Amsterdam University Press.

Before coming to Seton Hall, he taught at universities in California, New England, and the Czech Republic.