Matthew Honegger is a PhD candidate in musicology at Princeton University, where he is completing a dissertation on the role of Soviet cultural diplomacy in fostering musical exchange with the United States, ranging from the Great Depression to the early Cold War. More broadly, he is interested in understanding how border regimes affect music-making and knowledge production. Other ongoing projects center on musical performance at the 1939 New York World’s Fair and a study of history and subjectivity in Yuri Grigorovich’s 1982 rewrite of Shostakovich’s first ballet, The Golden Age.
During the summer of 2020, Matthew holds a Title VIII Summer Research Scholar at the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute, and during the 2020-21 academic year, his work will be supported by a Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies. He will also be a Graduate Fellow at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS). Past funding has come from PIIRS and the Fulbright Program.