Nicholas Smolenski

Nicholas Smolenski, a fourth-year candidate and early modernist, studies varying intersections of sound, acoustics, liturgy, and the senses in seventeenth-century English culture. His dissertation explores how sonic and acoustical concerns profoundly affected the rebuilding and reception of St Paul’s Cathedral in London (1666–97). Additional research involves the representation of sound and the senses in Royalist texts and how they re-contextualized King Charles I's posthumous image (1647–60). He holds master’s degrees in musicology from Duke University and The Hartt School, and a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Western Connecticut State University.