Lisa Pollock Mumme

Lisa Pollock Mumme

PhD student in Musicology
research interests:
  • Film Music
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Diva Studies
  • Opera
  • Race, Indigeneity, and Colonialism
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    Lisa studies gender and sexuality in music. She primarily works on film music, particularly science fiction, horror, and action film. Her master’s thesis at the University of Iowa, “Not Things: Gender and Music in the Mad Max Franchise,” combined scholarship on gender in film music, film genre studies, and feminist film theory to analyze the gendered implications in the score of a masculine-dominated dystopian franchise. In her PhD work at Washington University in St. Louis, Lisa plans to concentrate on gender and sexuality in horror film music. As a secondary area of research, Lisa studies the nineteenth-century diva of color, focusing specifically on Mexican soprano, composer, and businesswoman Ángela Peralta (1845-1883). Lisa has published in The Opera Journal and presented papers at the National Opera Association Annual Conference, the American Musicological Society Midwest chapter meeting, and graduate student conferences.




    December 2019

    The Opera Journal, National Opera Association

    “‘Angelica di voce’: Ángela Peralta as Nineteenth-Century Diva”


    Conference Presentations




    "Death on the Road: Music and the Deaths of Women in the Mad Max Film Franchise" (Video Essay)

    Midwest Graduate Music Consortium, University of Iowa




     “‘Angelica di voce’: Ángela Peralta as Nineteenth-Century Diva”

    National Opera Association Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT


     “‘Crazy About You’: Narrative Agency Through Onscreen Performance in Mad Max (1979)”

    American Musicological Society, Midwest Chapter Meeting, University of Illinois at Chicago