Colloquium with Matthew D. Morrison: 'Blacksound: Making Race and Popular Music in the United States'


Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 12:00pm


Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Matthew Morrison

Matthew D. Morrison, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, is an Assistant Professor in the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Matthew holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from Columbia University, an. M.A. in Musicology from The Catholic University of America, and was a Presidential music scholar at Morehouse College, where he studied violin and conducting. In the 2018-2019 academic year, Matthew will be a 2018-2019 Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Prior to his appointment at NYU, Matthew was a Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow through NYU’s Office of the Provost, and he has served as adjunct faculty at Vassar College, as well as Dean of Faculty for the W. E. B. Du Bois Scholars Institute housed at Princeton University. Matthew has been as a research fellow with the Modern Moves research project at King’s College, London, funded by the European Research Council Advanced Grant, and has held fellowships from the American Musicological Society, Mellon Foundation, the Library of Congress, the Center for Popular Music Study/Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Catwalk Artists Residency, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Matthew is also a consultant, contractor, and curator for diverse performances featuring musicians of color.

Matthew has served as Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed music journal, Current Musicology, where he published a special issue on Race, Sound, and Performance (Spring 2012), featuring an interdisciplinary group of scholars writing about the import of sound and music in society. His published work has appeared in publications such as the Journal of the American Musicological Society, Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, the Grove Dictionary of American Music, and on Oxford University Press's online music blog. Matthew’s current book project is titled, Blacksound: Making Race and Identity in American Popular Music.

As a Hutchins Fellow for the 2018-2019 academic year, he will work on Blacksound: Making Race & Popular Music in the U.S.