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Alexander Carpenter

Professor, Musicology, University of Alberta

I am the Director of the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, a professor of musicology in the music division at the Augustana campus of the University of Alberta in Camrose, a music critic, and rock musician. My main research interests are Viennese music and culture, popular music, aesthetics, music and psychoanalysis, and film music. As musician, I perform as a singer and guitarist with the bands Boomstick and The Exstatics.


  • 2006–present
    Professor of Music, University of Alberta, Augustana
  • 2021–present
    Director, Wirth Institute, University of Alberta
  • 2019–2019
    Visiting Professor , University of Innsbruck
  • 2018–2018
    Visiting Professor, University of Vienna
  • 2004–2006
    Assistant Professor, University of Prince Edward Island