About

Lucy Caplan 2017I write about music, history, and culture, both as a scholar and as a critic. I am a Lecturer on History and Literature at Harvard University.

I recently completed a PhD in American Studies and African American Studies at Yale University. My dissertation, titled “High Culture on the Lower Frequencies: African Americans and Opera, 1900-1933,” is a study of radical engagements with the art form of opera among early-twentieth-century African American performers, composers, and critics. While at Yale, I also earned a master’s concentration in Public Humanities.

I received the 2016 Rubin Prize for Music Criticism, and my writing has appeared recently in publications including The New Yorker online, Harvard Magazineand the National Sawdust Log.

You can reach me at lucy dot caplan at yale dot edu or lucymcaplan at gmail dot com.