April Lynn James manages operations in the Kislak Center reading room, providing patrons with welcoming and knowledgeable support for their research.
April holds a Masters in Library and Information Science from Drexel University, a PhD and MA in Music from Harvard University, and an MA in Media Studies as well as BAs in Music and Communication Arts and Sciences from Queens College, CUNY. Her doctoral dissertation examined the music and life of Maria Antonia, Electress of Saxony (1724-1780).
As a Speaker in the Humanities for the NY Council on the Humanities, she presented the lecture based upon her exhibit "In Her Own Hand: Operas Composed by Women 1625-1913" throughout NY State for several years. As a scholar, she has been a Woodrow Wilson and Mellon Mays Fellow and DAAD scholarship recipient. As a performer, she has been an Urban Artists Initiative and Queens Council on the Arts grantee. In addition to 18th-century music, dance and theater, she is especially interested in the works and legacy of Lewis Carroll.