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Jeongwon Joe

Title: Associate Professor of Musicology
Office: 5233 Emery Hall
Tel: 513-556-9571

A former faculty member at of University of Nevada in Reno, Jeongwon Joe, Associate Professor, is a musicologist specializing in contemporary music. Her research specialties include cultural studies, gender studies, transculturalism, and media studies, especially film music and the intersections between opera and cinema. Dr. Joe is the author of Opera as Soundtrack (Ashgate, 2014 & Routledge's Paperback and e-Book, 2016) and co-editor of Wanger and Cinema (Indiana University Press, 2010 & the Spanish edition by Fórcola, Ediciones, 2018) and Between Opera and Cinema (Routledge, 2002). She is an associate editor of The Journal of Film Music and a member of the editorial board of Cambridge Opera Journal. The topics of her published articles include David Lynch's Blue Velvet, Milos Forman's Amadeus, Philip Glass's La Belle e la bête, Bill Viola's The Tristan Project, Gérard Corbiau's Farinelli, and "The Acousmêtre in Opera and Cinema." 

Dr. Joe's works in progress include a monograph, Western Opera's Diaspora During the Japanese Occupation (1910-1945)  and the invited articles to be published in the three collections Žižek and Music, Music in Action Film: Sounds Like Action!, and Castration, Impotence, and Emasculation in the Long Eighteenth Century. She is also developing her conference papers into journal articles, which include "Sonic Subjectivity in Alex Garland's Ex Machina (2014)" and "Opera in Chan-wook Park's Stoker (2013)."   

She has presented papers at numerous conferences including the national meeting of the American Musicological Society, the Society of Cinema and Media Studies, the International Musicological Society, Modern Language Association, International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR/FIRT), and the International Wagner Symposium. Her most recent invited lecture is "Wagner in Film" to be presented at Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates in conjunction with UAE's premiere of the Bayreuth production of Wagner's The Valkyries staged by Katharina Wagner in January 2019. Along with Katharina Wanger, Dr. Joe is also a panelist at the panel  "Wagner in the 201st Century" at the same event at Abu Dhabi  Dr. Joe has taught previously at Northwestern University and Michigan State University and served as a private music consultant to Chan-wook Park, the director of Cannes award-winning films Oldboy (the Grand Prix in 2004) and Thrist (the Jury Prize in 2009). 


  • BA, Ewha Women's University, Seoul, South Korea.
  • MA, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
  • PhD, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

Research Information

Research Support

  • Jeongwon Joe, Film Scholars Research Grant (MPAK).
  • Jeongwon Joe, Faculty Research Council Grant (Project: Wagner and Cinema), University of Cincinnati. 2006 to 2007.
  • Jeongwon Joe, Faculty Pool Projects Grant, Friends of CCM. 2006 to 2007.
  • Jeongwon Joe, Faculty Development Council Grant (Project: "Enhancing Pedagogical Skills for Interdisciplinary Courses"), University of Cincinnati. 2005 to 2006.
  • Jeongwon Joe, Faculty Research Council Grant (Project: Opera as Soundtrack), University of Cincinnati. 2004 to 2005.


Peer-reviewed Publications

  • Jeongwon Joe (2006). Farinell, Il Castrato: Two Voices, Two Bodies. The Journal of British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 28 (3), 517.
  • Jeongwon Joe Korean Opera-film Chunhyang and the Trans-cultural Politics of the Voice. Muzikologija: Journal of the Institute of Musicology of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (5), 181.

Published Books

  • Jeongwon Joe (In Progress). Opera as Soundtrack. Ashgate.
  • Sander Gilman and Jeongwon Joe, editors (2010). Wagner and Cinema. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Jeongwon Joe eaching Film Music: Interdisciplinary Approaches. Teaching Film The Modern Language Association of America.
  • Jeongwon Joe (2006). Reconsidering Amadeus: Mozart as Film Music. Changing Tunes: The Use of Pre-existing Music in Film (pp.57). Brookfield, VT: Ashgate.
  • Jeongwon Joe (2006). The Cocktail Siren in David Lynch's Blue Velvet. Music of the Sirens (pp.353). Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Additional Publications


  • Jeongwon Joe (2007). Review of Solveig Olsen’s Hans Jürgen Syberberg and His Film of Wagner’s Parsifal (New York: Univ. Press of America). Opera Quarterly (22, no. 2). (pp.369)..
  • Jeongwon Joe (2007). Review of Simon Williams’ Wagner and the Romantic Hero (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004). Nineteenth-Century Music Review (4, no. 2). (pp.164)..

Presentations & Lectures

Paper Presentations

  • Jeongwon Joe (12-2007). Wagner on Screen: Bill Viola’s Tristan, Chicago, IL.
  • Jeongwon Joe (07-2007). A Passage to Korea: Western Opera’s Diaspora During the Japanese Occupation of Korea.
  • Jeongwon Joe (12-2006). Musica Mundana: Beyond Boethius.
  • Jeongwon Joe (09-2006). Sight and Sound of the Operatic Voice, Iowa City, IA.
  • Jeongwon Joe (07-2006). The Glory (????) of the Human Voice: Florence Foster Jenkins, Leeds, England.
  • Jeongwon Joe (04-2006). Operatic Voice on Screen, Portsmouth, England.
  • Jeongwon Joe (04-2006). Opera as the Lost Speech in Wong Kar-Wai’s 2046, Brighton, England.
  • Jeongwon Joe (03-3006). Film Divas: Gendered Dichotomy Between Vocal and Instrumental Music, Houston, TX.
  • Jeongwon Joe (10-2005). Gerárd Corbiau’s Farinelli: A Virile Castrato?, Evanston, IL.


  • (08-2008). Film Music: How It Has Been and Will Be. Seoul, South Korea.
  • (04-2008). Studying Performance (panelist). Cincinnati, OH.