Eleanor Selfridge-Field

Adjunct Professor

Academic Appointments
Adjunct Professor, Music
Eleanor Selfridge-Field teaches in the music, computer science, and symbolic systems programs with a principal emphasis on digital musicology. She is also a music historian and an occasional commentator on music copyright. She holds degrees in music and history (BA, Drew U.), journalism (M.Sc. Columbia U.), and music (D.Phil.,Oxford U.). Since 1984, when she joined Walter B. Hewlett in setting up the Center for Computer Assisted Research in the Humanities (Menlo Park), she has spearheaded the Center’s content development and publication programs. Together they edited fifteen yearbooks covering research-in-progress in digital music studies and, with additional staff, created a corpus of more than 1200 fully encoded scores of classical music. Since 1996 the Center has been located on the Stanford campus, and since 2011 it has been affiliated with the Packard Humanities Institute.

Dr. Selfridge-Field is a co-founder of Humanities West (San Francisco), a former co-chair of the International Musicological Society’s Digital Musicology study group (1987-2012), a board member of the Music Encoding Initiative (2014-2020), the US correspondent for the International Vivaldi Institute (1978--), and an associate editor of Frontiers in Digital Humanities (2014--). She is a consultant to many academic foundations in the North America, Europe, and Australia. She previously taught at the U. of Pittsburgh, Mills College, and Cal State University San Francisco. As a journalist she has worked for the New York Times, the Associated Press, and KQED.
Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations
Distinguished Professor (Visiting), School of Music, McGill University, Montreal (2019 - Present)
College of Expert Reviewers, European Science Foundation (2017 - Present)
Founding board member, Music Encoding Initiative (MEI) (2014 - 2019)
Associate Editor, Frontiers in Digital Humanities (2014 - 2018)
Review Board, Digital Humanities, Volkswagen Stiftung (2014 - 2017)
Advisory Board, RISM (Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (2009 - 2013)
Editorial Board, Journal of Interdisciplinary Music Studies (2007 - 2017)
US RISM Committee, RISM (US branch) (2005 - 2008)
Founding co-chair, Study Group on Digital Musicology, International Musicological Society (1987 - 2012)
Co-editor (with Walter B. Hewlett), Computing in Musicology (1985 - 2006)
Honors & Awards
Residency, Scuola Branca, Fondazione Giorgio Cini (Venice, IT) (2016)
Residency, Scuola Branca, Fondazione Giorgio Cini (Venice, IT) (2012)
Travel award, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation (2009)
Distinguished Bibliography Award, Modern Language Association (2008)
Residency, Casa Zia Lina (Elba), Stiftung Thyll-Duerr (2002)
Travel award, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation (1994)
Elected member, PHI Beta Kappa (1990)
Travel award, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation (1983)
Travel grant, American Council of Learned Societies (1978)
Travel award, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation (1977)
Degrees / Education
D.Phil., Oxford University, Music (1969)
M.Sc., Columbia University, Journalism (1963)
B.A., Drew University, Music, history (1962)