Matthew D. Morrison

Matthew D. Morrison, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, is 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.

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 the Journal of the American Musicological Society, the Grove Dictionary of American Music, and he has written posts on Iggy Azalea, Julius Eastman, and Gaye vs. Thicke in Oxford University Press's online music blog. His book in progress, American Popular Sound: From Blackface to Blacksound, considers the implications of positing sound and music as major components in both individual and societal identity formations, particularly the construction of race. Matthew held a Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity through New York University’s Office of the Provost, and is currently a research fellow with the Modern Moves research project at King’s College, London, funded by a European Research Council Advanced Grant. He has held also received fellowships from the American Musicological Society, Mellon Foundation, the Library of Congress, and the Tanglewood Music Center.

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Sound in the Construction of Race: From Blackface to Blacksound in Nineteenth-Century America
Columbia Degrees: 
PhD, Historical Musicology
Degrees from Other Institutions: 
Morehouse College
The Catholic University of America