Kevin Bartig Professor of Musicology and Chair of the Musicology Area


  • Musicology / Ethnomusicology

314 Music Practice Building
East Lansing, MI 48824

(517) 353-8508


Kevin Bartig is a historian of music specializing in twentieth-century music and culture in Eastern Europe and the United States. His books include Composing for the Red Screen: Prokofiev and Soviet Film (2013) and Sergei Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky (2017), both published by Oxford University Press. The American Musicological Society awarded Composing for the Red Screen an AMS PAYS 75 publication subvention in 2012, and the book will appear in Russian translation in 2019 from Kompozitor, St. Petersburg. With Dassia Posner, he is co-editing Three Loves for Three Oranges: Gozzi, Meyerhold, Prokofiev (forthcoming, Indiana University Press), a collection of essays that brings together scholars from Theater History, Art History, Musicology, Italian Studies, and Slavic Studies.

Other publications involve music diplomacy, audiovisual aesthetics, music in the Cold War, and the reception of Russian and Soviet music in various contexts. His shorter writings include articles, reviews, and translations appearing in Journal of Musicology, Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema, Notes, Kritika, Journal of the Society for American Music, and Slavic Review. He has also contributed to several edited collections, including Prokofiev and His World, Sound, Speech, Music in Soviet and Post-Soviet Cinema, and The Rite of Spring at 100, which won the 2018 AMS Ruth A. Solie Award for a collection of musicological essays of exceptional merit.

His work has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the U.S. Department of Education. During 2011-12 he was a fellow at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress.

Bartig is a member of the editorial board of The Journal of the American Musicological Society and the American Musicological Society Travel/Research Grant Committee. Previously he served on the editorial team of Three Oranges: The Journal of the Serge Prokofiev Foundation.

At Michigan State, where he has taught since 2008, Bartig received the MSU Teacher-Scholar Award in 2010 and in 2011-12 was a Lilly Teaching Fellow.