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Kira Alvarez

PhD Candidate

Office hours

Thursdays between 5 and 6pm (room 213)


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 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 Twentieth Century"

Summer Semester 2018: "The Politics of Music: The Twentieth-Century Classical Music World in the United States"

Kira Alvarez 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 taught, presented, and published her research throughout the United States and the EU. She received fully funded degrees from Stanford University (M.A., M.A.), Hebrew University of Jerusalem (M.A.), and Swarthmore College (B.A.).

Research interests: 

  • Music as Cultural Diplomacy
  • Music and Nationalism
  • Cultural History of the United States in the 20th Century
  • Biography and Historiography

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