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Katherine Butler

Assistant Professor, Northumbria University, Newcastle

Katherine Butler is a music historian with particular interests in the musical culture of sixteenth and seventeenth-century England.

Katherine studied at The Queen’s College, University of Oxford and then took her PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London. After teaching for the Open University and working on the Early Music Online digitisation project (, she returned to Oxford in 2011 to take up a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.

She remained in Oxford as a researcher for the AHRC-funded Tudor Partbooks project ( before moving to the University of Leeds to manage an OfS-funded project across five institutions, focused on improving progression to postgraduate taught study among BAME students and those from areas with low rates of participation in higher education (

Katherine joined Northumbria University as a Senior Lecturer/Assistant Professor in January 2019. She directs the Northumbria University Handbell Ringers


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Music, Northumbria University, Newcastle


  • 2011 
    Royal Holloway, University of London, PhD Music