Judy Tsou’s research interests include sociological aspects of music (especially gender and race), American popular music, operas, music archives, and online-music rights. She is the author of “Composing Racial Difference in Madama Butterfly: Tonal Language and Power of Cio Cio San” (In Rethinking Difference, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming) and “Gendering Race: Stereotypes of Chinese Americans in Popular Sheet Music” (repercussions 6/2). She is the editor of Cecilia Reclaimed: Feminist Perspectives on Gender and Music (1994; winner of the CHOICE Outstanding Academic Book award and the Susan Koppelman feminist editing award). And she has written numerous book reviews for NOTES, Fontes Artis Musicae, Signs, the Journal of the American Musicological Society, and other journals. She has presented many papers at major conferences, including the Society for American Music (SAM), the American Musicological Society (AMS), the International Musicological Society, the Music Library Association (MLA), and the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (IAML). She has been invited to present her work at universities in many countries, including Australia, Hong Kong (China), Taiwan, and in the U.S. She is co-PI for a grant from the IMLS for “A National Forum on Online-Only Music: 21st Century Sound Recording Collection in Crisis.”
She has served on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Musicological Society, Journal of the Society for American Music, Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture, and was an contributing editor for the Grove Dictionary of American Music (2d ed., Oxford University Press, 2013). She has been a frequent reviewer of manuscripts for various university presses. She served as chair of the Committee on the Status of Women and was a member of the Council of AMS. She is also active in IAML, serving as chair of the Archives and Documentation Centres Branch and later, as the President of the U.S. Branch. She was instrumental in the merger of the U.S. Branch with MLA while she was president of the former and for which she won MLA’s Special Achievement Award (2013). She is currently the President of the Society for American Music (2013-2015) and served on its board from 1998 to 2001, was a member-at-large of MLA (1994-96, and again in 2011-13), and was a fellow at the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley (1996-97). She recently acquired a gift of 700 first-edition music scores for the Music Library, appraised at $1.3 million.
She earned her M.I.L.S. degree at the University of Michigan and an M.A. degree at Columbia University.