Dr Matthew D. Morrison

American Council of Learned Societies Fellow
Dr Matthew D. Morrison

Dr Matthew D. Morrison

American Council of Learned Societies Fellow, September 2021 - December 2021

Home Institution: New York University

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.

Matthew has been an associated 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 Academy of Learned Societies, the American Musicological Society, Mellon Foundation, the Library of Congress, the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Center for Popular Music Studies/Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In addition to having served as Editor in Chief of Current Musicology, his published work has appeared in publications such as the Journal of the American Musicological Society, Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, the Grove Dictionary of American Music, Oxford Handbooks, art forums/publications, and on Oxford University Press's online music blog. He also contributes creatively as a dramaturg and artistic consultant within the arts.

Project Title: Blacksound: Making Race and Popular Music in the United States

As an IASH Fellow, Matthew will be working on the completion of his manuscript, Blacksound: Making Race and Popular Music in the United States. This book traces the aesthetic and political legacy of blackface minstrelsy in an effort to uncover the relationship between performance, (racial) identity, and (intellectual) property in the making of (global) popular music and its industry from the early nineteenth century into the present.