Joseph Nelson
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Adjunct Faculty
BA, Lawrence University
MA, University of Minnesota

Joe Nelson is a PhD candidate in musicology with a doctoral minor in cultural studies at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. He holds an MA in musicology from the University of Minnesota, a master of music in vocal performance from the Chicago College of the Performing Arts, and a BA with a double major in music and gender studies from Lawrence University.

He has spent ten years as an opera singer, performing most recently in a series of concerts with members of the Minnesota Orchestra. He has presented at several national and international conferences on early modern popular music, the relationship between visual and musical representations of madness, and queer masculinities in gay pop music.

His dissertation looks at the relationship between musical representations of madness and sonic environments of madhouses in seventeenth-century London, and the use of madmen as metaphors for political and social disorder.