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Kira Álvarez

Postdoctoral Researcher


Doctoral Candidate, Graduate School of North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

Stanford University, M.A., History; M.A., Musicology

Hebrew University of Jerusalem, M. A., Religious History

      Passed the university Hebrew language proficiency exam

 Swarthmore College, B.A., Religion and History

      Additional B.A. coursework in religion and history at the University of        


Summer Semester 2023


Violence in 19th and 20th Century America, Kira Álvarez, Mondays, 14:00-16:00

Summer Semester 2022

US Immigration History in the 20th and 21st Centuries, Kira Alvarez, Tuesdays, 16:00-18:00

Summer Semester 2019

The American Jewish Experience in the 20th Century, Kira Alvarez, Mondays, 16:00-18:00

Summer Semester 2018

The Politics of Music: The Twentieth Century Classical Music World in the United States, Kira Alvarez, Tuesdays, 14:00-16:00

Kira Álvarez works broadly at the intersection of history, music, politics, religion, and science and technology. Her current research project demonstrates how non-state cultural institutions and private actors help strengthen and sustain transnational relations. This project is based on extensive research in thirty historical, music, and political archives across three continents.

Kira has had bylines in ForbesDeutschlandfunk Kultur, and taz. She has taught, presented, and published her research in the United States and the EU. Kira’s research has been supported by a number of grants, including from Stanford University and the German Research Foundation (DFG). She received fully funded degrees from Stanford University (M.A., M.A.), Hebrew University of Jerusalem (M.A.), and Swarthmore College (B.A.). 

The Routledge Companion to Women and Musical Leadership: The Nineteenth Century and Beyond. Eds. Laura Hamer and Helen Julia Minors (forthcoming, Routledge).

“Mit sanfter Macht zur Versöhnung,” Musik öffnet Welten: Zur Gestaltung internationaler Beziehungen. Eds. Ronald Grätz and Christian Höppner. Göttingen: Steidel, 2019, 37-43.


Deutschlandradio Kultur, Die Diva aus Israel: Edis de Philippe, Sopran und Impresaria der Israelischen Nationaloper, Kira Alvarez, 04.02.2022

taz,  Jahrestag der Befreiung des KZ Dachau: Gedenken schützt Demokratie,  29.04.2021

Deutschlandradio Kultur, Eine Faust gegen den Antisemitismus: Bronislaw Huberman, Geigenvirtuose und Gründer des Palestine Symphony OrchestraKira Alvarez, 18.06.2017

Deutschlandradio "Musikfeuilleton", Rebroadcast von Eine Faust gegen den Antisemitismus
Bronisław Huberman, Gründer des Palestine Symphony Orchestra
, 16.09.2022