I write a lot. I’ve published peer-reviewed journal articles in psychology, philosophy, and literature. I’ve blogged about opera and technology on the Huffington Post, written about opera for the San Francisco Chronicle, and had a letter published in The New York Times. I review lots of theater and opera, sometimes as a paid and credentialed member of the press, and sometimes just for my own blog. I am a member of the Music Critics Association of North America. What follows is an attempt at a semi-complete list of publications.


Academic papers

Journal papers

Walder-Biesanz, Ilana. "Da uomo: querying gender and sexuality in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito." Forthcoming in Women and Music, vol. 23, 2019

Walder-Biesanz, Ilana. "Writing pastoral drama as a woman and an actor: Isabella Andreini's Mirtilla." Italian Studies, vol. 71, no. 1, 2016, pp. 49-66. DOI: 10.1080/00751634.2015.1132606. Available online here (for purchase)

McGowan, Mary Kate, Ilana Walder-Biesanz, Morvareed Rezian, and Chloe Emerson. "On Silencing and Systematicity: The Challenge of the Drowning Case." Hypatia, vol. 31, no. 1, 2015, pp. 74-90. DOI: 10.1111/hypa.12224. Available online here (for purchase)

Walder-Biesanz, Ilana. "Don Juan's Relationship to Honour in Plays by Tirso and Zorrilla." HARTS & Minds, vol. 2, no. 2 ("Crime and Concealment"), 2015. Available online here

Adler, Jonathan M., Ariana Turner, Kathryn M. Brookshier, Casey Monahan, Ilana Walder-Biesanz, Luke H. Harmeling, Michelle Albaugh, Dan P. McAdams, and Thomas F. Oltmanns. "Variation in narrative identity is associated with trajectories of mental health over several years." Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, vol. 108, no. 3, 2015, pp. 476-496. Available online here (for APA members only)

(This paper was written about in The Wall Street Journal, discussed on the Kathleen Dunn Show on Wisconsin Public Radio, blogged about in the "Healthy Hairdresser" column of Modern Salon, discussed on the Slate/WBUR podcast "The Checkup", and blogged about on the SPSP blog.)

Adler, Jonathan M., Luke H. Harmeling, and Ilana Walder-Biesanz. "Narrative meaning-making is associated with sudden gains in psychotherapy clients’ mental health under routine clinical conditions." Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, vol. 81, no. 5, 2013, pp. 839-845. Available online here (for APA members only)

Walder-Biesanz, Ilana. “The Übermensch and the Unmensch in Nietzsche's philosophy and in Faust, Part One.Qualia (Bard College Undegraduate Journal of Philosophy), vol. 3, 2012, pp. 30-38. Available online here

Conference papers

Adler, Jonathan M., Luke H. Harmeling, and Ilana Walder-Biesanz. "Change is spike-y – and you can measure it." (As part of the symposium: Lessons for Social and Personality Psychology from Clinical Psychology, Jonathan M. Adler, chair). Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), Austin, TX. February 2014


Talks & panels


  • Panelist for "Hello, It’s Me! Differentiating Yourself With a Multidimensional Career" at IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference. May 2018
  • Panelist for "Hello, It’s Me! Differentiating Yourself With a Multidimensional Career" at Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. October 2017
  • Moderator for "Performing Arts in Europe" panel at the 61st Annual Berlin Seminar of the Fulbright Program. March 2015
  • Panelist for Opera21's "Opera and Technology" discussion. January 2014


  • "What's Opera, Doc? A whirlwind introduction to the beauty and history of opera, with musical examples." Presented at San Francisco Bay Area Learning Night. September 2015
  • "Deconstructing gender and sexuality in Mozart's La clemenza di Tito." Presented at the Gates-Cambridge Annual Internal Symposium. May 2014
  • "On silencing, free speech, and harm." Presented with Chloe Emerson and Morvareed Rezaian at the Ruhlman Conference at Wellesley College. April 2013
  • "The philosophy of mathematics." Presented to the Society of Midnight Mathematicians at Olin College. November 2012
  • "Hands-on math teaching in high schools." Presented at Riverdale High School. June 2009


  • Introductory speaker at the Oregon Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. 2009
  • Graduation speaker for Riverdale High School. 2009
  • Introductory speaker at the Girl Scouts National Leadership Conference. 2008
  • Introductory speaker at the Girl Scouts Columbia River Council Annual Meeting. 2008

Theater & opera reviews

Since summer 2015, I have reviewed opera for San Francisco Classical Voice (my reviews are here) and theater for Stark Insider (my reviews are here).

Since summer 2013, I have reviewed over 75 operas in five countries for Bachtrack, a UK-based website. You can read my reviews for them here.

In spring 2015 and again in spring and summer 2017, I reviewed opera for Opera Online, a France-based website. You can read my columns for them here.

During my Fulbright year, I reviewed (or sometimes simply expressed my confusion about) theater and opera on my personal blog (whenever I wasn't reviewing for one of the above sites). One of my reviews was included in the Operetta Research Center archive.

While my own performing schedule kept me from being a regular reviewer, I wrote one-off reviews for The Cambridge Student and Cambridge Theatre Review during my year in Cambridge.


Magazines & newspapers

Feature articles

Newspaper letters and columns


Blog posts & articles

In 2014--15, I kept the blog My German Season to chronicle my experiences as a Fulbright Scholar in Munich. I wrote about opera, theater, travel, food, and life in general.

In 2013--14 and again in 2017, I was a regular blogger for Opera Vivrà. A list of all my blog posts is available here. In addition to my regular blog posts, I occasionally wrote longer, in-depth treatments of opera-related subjects, such as "Operas Based on Victor Hugo's Plays" and "Being-toward-death in Decker's Traviata."

I wrote a guest post, "How technology is changing opera," on the Huffington Post and the Gates-Cambridge blog in April 2014.

I sometimes write blog posts for the College Admission Coach blog. I've provided SAT prep suggestionswriting advice, and clarifications about Cambridge terminology. My newspaper columns for GoLocal also get cross-posted on this blog.

I've written for the Olin College Post-Graduate Planning blog about my time in Cambridge and "Life after graduate fellowships."