Matthew Morrison

Assistant Professor

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.

Prior to his appointment, 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, 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 SocietyWomen 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

Select Publications:

“The Sound(s) of Subjection: Constructing American Popular Music and Racial Identity Through Blacksound,Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory 21, no. 1 (Spring 2017): 13-24. 

“Julius Eastman: Gay Guerrilla,” Oxford University Press Blog, online peer-edited publication, <>,May 2015

 “Gaye vs. Thicke: How Blurred are the Lines of Copyright Infringement?” Oxford University Press Blog, online peer-edited publication, <>, March 2015

 “Iggy Azalea Pop: Is Cultural Appropriation Inappropriate?” Oxford University Press Blog, online peer-edited publication,<>, February 2015

“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, Special Issue 93, editor-in-chief, “Race, Sound, and Performance,” Spring 2012