Ingrid Monson,

Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music,

Harvard University


Ingrid Monson is the Quincy Jones Professor of African American music and interim Dean of Arts and Humanities at Harvard University  She holds a joint appointment in the Departments of African and African American Studies and Music, serving as Chair of the Department of Music from 2005-2008.  Her publications include  Freedom Sounds: Civil Rights Call Out to Jazz and Africa (Oxford University Press, 2007), Saying Something: Jazz Improvisation and Interaction (Chicago: University of Chicago Press) and an edited a volume entitled the African Diaspora: A Musical Perspective (Garland/Routledge 2000). Her most recent article “Hearing and Seeing” appeared in Critical Inquiry 34(5) in 2008. In 2009 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and is currently a Marta Sutton Weeks Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center.   She is currently working on a book about Malian balafonist Neba Solo.  Her articles have appeared in Ethnomusicology, Critical Inquiry, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Black Music Research Journal, Women and Music, and several edited volumesShe began her career as a trumpet player and has recently been studying contemporary Senufo balafon.