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James B. Morford

Lecturer, Ethnomusicology
James Morford, Ethnomusicology

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PhD, Ethnomusicology, University of Washington
M.M., Music Education, West Virginia University
B.M., Music Education, West Virginia University
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James B. Morford is a Lecturer at the University of Washington, teaching coursework in the School of Music, the Department of Dance, and the Department of American Ethnic Studies. He currently serves as Co-Managing Editor of the Analytical Approaches to World Music Journal and Co-Chair of the Society for Ethnomusicology Special Interest Group for Music Analysis. In the Pacific Northwest, Morford works as On-Site Reviewer for the racial equity-focused arts funding agency 4Culture, and co-founded the Guinea Arts Cooperative, a group dedicated to raising awareness and funding through arts- and education-based events following the West African Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in the mid-2010s. Morford earned a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology with a focus on music and dance in the Republic of Guinea and its diasporas, and his writing and research have been published in the journals EthnomusicologyMusic Theory OnlineCommunity Music, and the Journal of Music Teacher Education. His current research interests and activities include metric modeling and analysis, transformation and change in participatory musics, music and industrial pollution, and sound manipulation in US news media.