Kristen M. Turner holds degrees from UNC-Greensboro, the Eastman School of Music, and UNC-Chapel Hill. Her dissertation, "Opera in English: Class and Culture in America, 1878-1910," received a Glen Haydon Award for an Outstanding Dissertation in Musicology. She has presented at numerous conferences including the North American Conference on 19th-Century Music, the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, and the national meetings of the American Musicological Society and the Society for American Music. Her work has been published in the Journal of the Society for American Music, and is forthcoming in the Journal of Musicological Research and the edited volume, Evil Women and Mean Girls: Critical Examinations of the Fairer Sex’s Nasty Side in History, Literature, and Popular Culture. Her research interests are in 19th century opera, 19th and 20th century American musical culture, African American music, music and politics, and music and gender.