John Paul Meyers joins the department as Assistant Professor



Starting in the 2018-2019 academic year, Meyers will be an assistant professor in the Department of African American Studies. 

His current book manuscript project, Play it Again: The Enduring Past in Popular Music examines topics such as the sampling of soul and funk recordings from the 1970s in hip-hop, the live performance of "standards" among jazz musicians, and the recording of songs from the "Great American Songbook" by pop and rock musicians. Recent articles on Miles Davis in the mid-1960s, tribute bands, rock music in Mexico City and Buenos Aires, and cultural politics in African American music have been published in Jazz PerspectivesEthnomusicologyEthnomusicology Forum, and the Journal of Popular Music Studies. In 2016, he won the Richard Waterman Prize from the Popular Music Section of the Society for Ethnomusicology for best article by a junior scholar. 

Dr. Meyers has a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Music and American Studies from Columbia University. He will teach courses including AFRO 132 African American Music and AFRO 228 Hip-Hop Music: History and Culture. 

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