Laura Dolp's interdisciplinary research explores the historical agency of music as a site of human transformation, including music and spirituality, the interrelation of music and social spaces, mapping and musical practices, and the poetics of the natural world. Currently she is working on two book projects; one that examines the historical relationship between cartography and the musical score, Maps and Music: Stories of the Cartographic Score, and another that considers the creative use and reception of Arvo Pärt's music, entitled Arvo Pärt and Visual Culture. Dolp is editor of Arvo Pärt's White Light: Media, Culture, Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and co-contributor to Cambridge Companion to Arvo Pärt (CUP, 2012) and Artistic Citizenship: Artistry, Social Responsibility, and Ethical Praxis (Oxford University Press, 2016). Her research is featured in 19th-Century Music and the Journal of Musicological Research. She has been awarded a President’s Fellowship at Columbia University and a DAAD scholarship at Humboldt–Universität in Berlin.
Dolp is Associate Professor of Musicology and Coordinator of General Education and History at the John J. Cali School of Music, Montclair State University where she teaches undergraduate history and graduate seminar special topics. Before joining the faculty at Montclair State University she was a visiting faculty member at Wellesley College. She holds a B.A. from Mills College, a M.A. from Boston University and a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from Columbia University.