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Matthew Morrison

Assistant Professor

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Matthew D. Morrison, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from Columbia University. 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. Matthew was struck by the unique cadre of professors and students at Columbia University, and subsequently pursued musicology under the direction of his dissertation advisor, George Lewis, and faculty advisor, Ellie Hisama. In addition to his graduate pursuits, Matthew has served a 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 sounds of music in society. His published work has appeared in publications such as the Journal of the American Musicological Society, the Grove Dictionary of American Music, and on Oxford University Press's online music blog. He is currently the Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs for the W. E. B. Du Bois Scholars Institute at Princeton University. Matthew also curates and contracts a variety of performances featuring some of the most dynamic musicians (of color, in particular).

Matthew's current book project, American Popular Sound: From Blackface to Blacksound, considers the implications of positing sound as a major component in both individual and societal identity constructions -- specifically 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 themselves and other(s). 


Select Publications:

“Julius Eastman: Gay Guerrilla,” Oxford University Press Blog, online peer-edited publication, < http://blog.oup.com/2015/05/julius-eastman-gay-guerilla/>,May 2015


 “Gaye vs. Thicke: How Blurred are the Lines of Copyright Infringement?” Oxford University Press Blog, online peer-edited publication, < http://blog.oup.com/2015/03/blurred-lines-copyright-infringement/>, March 2015

 “Iggy Azalea Pop: Is Cultural Appropriation Inappropriate?” Oxford University Press Blog, online peer-edited publication,< http://blog.oup.com/2015/02/iggy-azalea-music-cultural-appropriation/>, February 2015

“Lauryn Hill.” The Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition (New York: Oxford University Press), edited by Charles Hiroshi Garrett, 2013

“Race and the Boundaries of Musicology,” Journal of the American Musicological Society, 65, no. 3 (Fall 2012): 851-61

Current Musicology, a peer-reviewed biannual journal, Spring 2012

Special Issue 93, editor-in-chief, “Race, Sound, and Performance,” Fall 2011