Matthew D. Morrison is a PhD candidate in Musicology at Columbia University and a native of Charlotte, NC. 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. Upon visiting Columbia, Matthew was struck by the unique cadre of professors and students, and subsequently decided to pursue musicology under the direction of his dissertation advisor, George Lewis, and faculty advisor, Ellie Hisama. In addition to his graduate pursuits, Matthew is also interested in publishing, and he has served a Editor-in-Chief of Current Musicology. As a professor, Matthew has served as adjunct instructor of black music at Vassar College, Music Humanities instructor at Columbia University, and faculty member of the W.E.B. DuBois Scholars institute housed at Princeton University. Matthew is writing a dissertation titled “Sound in the Construction of Race,” and the aim of this dissertation is to consider the implications of positing sound as a major component in both individual and societal 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 both self and other.
Ph.D. Candidate in musicology, Columbia University
“Sound in the Construction of Race”; Columbia University, George E. Lewis, Advisor
M.A. in musicology, The Catholic University of America, 2008, Andrew H. Weaver, Advisor
B.A. in music, violin performance; Magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa; Morehouse College, 2003
Instructor, Columbia University, Department of Music; Summer 2012. Course: “Music Humanities”
Adjunct Instructor, Vassar College; Music and Africana Studies; Fall 2011-present. Course: “A History of Black Music.”
Faculty Member, Du Bois Scholars Summer Institute; Princeton University, Summer 2010-present. Courses: Critical Reading; Performance Workshop; “Black Sounds: African American Popular Music and The Shaping of an American Conscience.”
“Race and the Boundaries of Musicology,” in a Colloquy on the boundaries of the discipline of musicology, Journal of the American Musicological Society, 65.3 (Fall 2012): 821-61; 871-9.
“Lauryn Hill.” The Grove Dictionary of American Music and Musicians. New York and Cambridge: Oxford University Press. Charles Hiroshi Garrett, editor, 2013.
Editor in Chief, "Sound, Race, and Performance," Special Issue 93 Current Musicology (Spring 2012)
“Galileo Galilei.” Contemporary Civilizations Wiki Entry. Columbia University, Spring 2011.
“What’s Graffiti got to do with Street Fashion?” Thought Catalog. Online Peer Reviewed Blog. http://thoughtcatalog.com/2011/graffiti-got-to-do-with-street-fashion-saggin/, Spring 2011
“Fluxus with Us: A Personal Perspective on Benjamin Patterson.” Studio Museum of Harlem Blog, http://www.studiomuseum.org/studio-blog/harlem/interviews-friends/flux-us-personal-persepective-benjamin-patterson, Spring 2011
Presentations and Panels:
the Borders of Music Studies Beyond the Color Line.” Panel: “Envisioning a
‘Relational Musicology’: A Dialogue with Georgina Born.” Annual joint meeting
of the American Musicological Society, Society of Ethnomusicology, and Society
of Music Theory. New Orleans, LA, Fall 2012.
“Constructing the Urban,” Sounds in the City -- Experience Popular Music/International Association for the Study of Popular Music annual conference, New York, NY, Spring 2012
“(De)Racialized Sound: The 1980s, Michael Jackson, and Post-modern Pop,” National Association of Ethnic Studies annual conference, New Orleans, LA, Spring 2012
“Post-modern Pop: The 1980s, Whitney Houston, and the “new” American Popular Sound,” National Council of Black Studies annual conference, Atlanta, GA, Spring 2012
“Social Media, Mediated Socialities.” Producing
Race: Technology and the African Diaspora, Graduate Student Conference, English
and Comparative Literature. Columbia University, Fall 2011.
Arts in the Age of Obama.” Dance New Amsterdam. New York, NY, Fall 2011.
Howard Meyer Brown Dissertation Fellow, American Musicological Society, 2013-2014
Paul F. Lazerfeld Mellon Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow, Institute for the Study of Economic Research and Policy, 2012-2014
Herbert L. Hunter Fellowship in Music, 2011-2012
Columbia University Teaching Fellow, 2008-2013