Alicia Levin joined the University of Kansas musicology faculty in 2011.' She holds a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with research areas in nineteenth-century French culture and early American country music.' Her dissertation, entitled "Seducing Paris: Piano Virtuosos and Artistic Identity, 1820-1848)," examines musical life in nineteenth-century Paris through the lens of virtuoso pianism.'She has published articles on Chopin and on the virtuosa Marie Pleyel, and contributed a documentary overview of Parisian theaters to Music, Theatre, and Cultural Transfer: Paris, 1830-1914 (University of Chicago Press, 2009), winner of the 2010 Ruth A. Solie Award from the American Musicological Society. Levin has presented her work at a variety of conferences in the U.S., including AMS national and regional meetings, the US chapter of IASPM, and the North American Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music). She has also given papers at nineteenth-century conferences in the U.K., at the Chopin Institute in Poland, and at a meeting of the Dutch-Flemish Society for Music Theory in the Netherlands. Her research has been supported by a Chateaubriand Fellowship from the Embassy of France, the Sibley Award from the Phi Beta Kappa Society, and a Society of Fellows dissertation completion grant from the Graduate School at UNC. Before coming to KU, Levin taught music history, music theory, women's studies, and applied piano at the University of North Carolina.
Levin's research interests include virtuosity, improvisation, gender studies nineteenth-century pianism, French music, and American country music. She is currently working on a monograph about the career of Marie Pleyel and an article on Liszt's debut in France.