Morrison, Matthew D.

Matthew D. Morrison
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Matthew D. Morrison, a native of Charlotte, NC and PhD in Historical Musicology, 2014, was appointed a Faculty Fellow for 2014-2016 at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, serving as Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in the Tisch School of the Arts and the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music.  He completed a masters in Musicology at The Catholic University of America and was a Presidential music scholar at Morehouse College. While at Morehouse, Matthew actively pursued performance as he studied violin and conducting. Upon visiting Columbia, Matthew was struck by the unique cadre of professors and students, and subsequently decided to pursue musicology under the direction of his dissertation advisor, George Lewis, and faculty advisor, Ellie Hisama. In addition to his graduate pursuits, Matthew is also interested in publishing, and he has served as Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed music journal, Current Musicology. As an Editor, Matthew published a special issue on Race, Sound, and Performance (Spring 2012), featuring an interdisciplinary group of scholars writing about the sounds of music in society. His published work has appeared in the Journal of the American Musicological Society and the Grove Dictionary of American Music.

Matthew is completing his dissertation titled "Sound in the Construction of Race," and the aim of this dissertation is to consider the implications of positing sound as a major component in both individual and societal racial formation. Music, as the soundtrack to daily life, serves as a central site to interrogate the ways in which race is heard, formed, and interpreted within the political and cultural structures of society. As such, Matthew seeks to unpack the ways in which the racialization of sound is central to how humans have come to imagine both self and other. 

Matthew will begin a two-year appointment as a Postdoctoral Fellow at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in September 2014. He will serve as Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in the Tisch School of the Arts and the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music

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