Assistant Professor, Medieval & Renaissance History & Theory
Catherine Bradley specializes in polyphonic music before 1300, with a particular focus on thirteenth-century motets. She works on the earliest examples in this new musical genre, re-evaluating and challenging traditional chronological narratives of its development through close analytical engagement with surviving musical evidence.
Her research engages with questions of compositional process, text-music dynamics, and musical borrowing, citation, and re-use. It explores interactions between oral and written cultures, and sacred and secular spheres, and is fundamentally interdisciplinary, encompassing aspects of liturgy, exegesis, paleography, and codicology.
Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1985, Catherine took her undergraduate and masters degrees at Oxford, completing a Ph.D. at Cambridge in 2011. From 2010-2013 she held a postdoctoral position as a Junior Research Fellow at The Queen’s College, Oxford.