Nina Sun Eidsheim studied vocal performance, composition, and philosophy at the University of Agder (Norway) and The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus (Denmark) before pursing MFA in Music at the California Institute of the Arts. She completed her Ph.D. in critical studies/experimental practices program at the University of California, San Diego. Her monograph, Sensing Sound: Singing and Listening as Vibrational Practice (Duke University Press), is scheduled for release fall 2015, and she is currently completing Measuring Race: The Micropolitics of Listening to Vocal Timbre and Vocality in African-American Popular Music.
Eidsheim is the co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Voice Studies (forthcoming, OUP), a special issue on voice and materiality for Postmodern Culture (Johns Hopkins University Press).Epistemologies and ideologies of the voice and its inferred meaning in opera, popular music, and music technology has in her work been examined through the lenses of American and African-American studies, performance studies, and cultural, gender, and race studies. She is currently in the beginning stages of preparing two book manuscripts: Musicology in the Flesh: Contemporary Music as Multi-Sensory Practice and Measuring Race: Listening to Vocal Timbre and Vocality in African-American Popular Music.
Eidsheim’s research interests include multi-sensoriality, production and perception of vocal timbre, twentieth and twenty-first century music vocal music and opera, critical studies in race and gender, performance studies, sound studies, and voice studies. Her research has been published in journals including Current Musicology, The Senses & Society, American Quarterly, Postmodern Culture, and TRANS-Transcultural Music Review. In addition, she co-convened the quarter long residential research group at the UC Humanities Research Institute; and is the principal investigator for the UC-wide, transdisciplinary research project entitled Keys to Voice Studies: Terminology, Methodology, and Questions Across Disciplines, and organized the international and transdisciplinary conference Voice Studies Now.
Eidsheim’s research has been supported by the ACLS Charles A. Ryskamp Fellowship, the American Musicological Society, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson National Career Enhancement Fellowship, Cornell University Society of the Humanities Fellowship, the University of California, Los Angeles, the UCLA Center for the Study of Women, the UC Humanities Research Institute, the UC Institute for Research in the Arts, the UC President’s Office and more. She is currently on the editorial board of Twentieth-Century Music, Eventual Aesthetics, and Phonoscope. She is also the book review editor of Sound Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal and founded and organizer of the UCLA Humanities Editor-in- Residence Distinguished Fellows Program.