Gillian Gower

Gillian L. Gower

Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor

What I do

Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor, Musicology

Professional Biography

Gillian L Gower is a musicologist and medievalist specializing in the cultural history of medieval England and Scotland. Her research focuses on the ways in which women, LGBTQ2S+, and radicalized persons use music as a discourse through which to negotiate, construct, and challenge forms of power and authority. Dr. Gower’s current book project, Queenship and Music in Medieval England, examines tensions between gender and power in English religious song, ca. 1200-1500. Other scholarly interests include medievalism in popular culture and paleography.

In addition to her work at DU, Dr. Gower is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, where she contributes to the Carnegie Trust-funded digital humanities project “Towards a Prosopography of Scottish Musicians before the Reformation.” In 2019, she was elected to the committee on Musicology at Kalamazoo, which convenes sessions on medieval music scholarship and pedagogy at the annual International Congress of Medieval Studies held in Kalamazoo, MI. She previously held teaching appointments at UCLA and Southern Methodist University.


  • Ph.D., Musicology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2016
  • MA, Music (Music History), Hunter College, City University of New York, 2011
  • BA, Writing Seminars, Johns Hopkins University, 2006

Professional Affiliations

  • American Musicological Society
  • Medieval Academy of America
  • Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship

Featured Publications

Gower, Gillian L. “Disciplining Guinevere: Courtly Love And The Arthurian Tradition From Henry Purcell To Donovan Leitch.” In The Oxford Handbook Of Music And Medievalism. edited by Stephen C Meyer and Kirsten Yri. 484-508 Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. 2020.