Paul J. Edwards is a Lecturer on History and Literature at Harvard University. He holds a PhD in American Studies from Boston University's American and New England Studies Program. His dissertation, "Louis Douglas and Jonny spielt auf" was supported by a Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship (2012-2015) Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) research fellowship (2015-2016) and a Graduate Dissertation Fellowship at the Boston University Center for the Humanities (Spring 2017). He graduated from Wesleyan University with a bachelor of arts degree with honors in Music with a focus on ethnomusicology and American music history in 2009. He has spoken at Drew University, Rutgers University, the Institute for Modern Language Research at the Universty of London, and the John F. Kennedy Institute at the Free University Berlin (Freie Universität).