Mike Ford joined the PhD program in 2016. His research focuses on how improvisers interact with technology in fast-paced, indeterminate settings. Mike has presented papers at regional, national, and international conferences. His research has been published in European journal Musicologica Olomucensia and Afrikaans online journal LitNet Akademies: 'n Joernaal vir Geesteswetenskappe, and he is a contributing editor of the first volume of the Vladimir Drozdoff Publication Project. Before coming to Columbia, Mike completed an MA in Musicology at Rutgers University and a BMus in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Pretoria. In addition to various university scholarships and grants, his studies have also been supported generously by the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust.
Mike teaches Music Humanities in the Columbia Core Curriculum and fills positions in student government organizations including Finance Chair of the Arts and Sciences Graduate Council and GSAS Humanities Student Senator. Aside from his academic pursuits, he also participates in entrepreneurship programs and applies his knowledge of improvisation in the context of corporate change management.