Kara  Gardner

Kara Gardner

Adjunct Professor

Kara Gardner received her Ph.D. in Music and Humanities from Stanford. Her dissertation dealt with the responses American composers had to a culture that was perceived as feminized. An expanded version of one of the chapters appeared in The Musical Quarterly under the title "Edward MacDowell, Antimodernism, and 'Playing Indian' in the Indian Suite." She's published several book reviews in the journal American Music, and authored entries on Max Bendix, Frederick Delius, and Trude Rittmann for the New Grove Dictionary of American Music. After completing her degree, Gardner worked as a postdoctoral teaching fellow in the humanities at Stanford. She's was an affiliated scholar at Stanford's Institute for Research on Women and Gender. She's currently writing a book entitled Agnes de Mille: Telling Stories in Broadway Dance, to be published by Oxford University Press in their Broadway Legacies series. She has taught at the USF since 2002 and at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music since 2012.