Christopher Jenkins is the Associate Dean for Academic Support, the Conservatory Liaison to the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Musicology at Oberlin Conservatory. In 2023 his first book, Assimilation v. Integration in Music Education, was published by Routledge Press and the College Music Society. Chris is currently earning a DMA in viola performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a PhD in musicology from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), where his work focuses on African-American musical aesthetics. In 2022, alongside music theorist Philip Ewell, Chris was a co-founder and co-organizer of the Theorizing African American Music conference held at CWRU.
Philip Ewell is a professor of music theory at Hunter College of the City University of New York, where he served as Director of Graduate Studies from 2016 to 2022. Ewell's research specialties include race studies in music theory, Russian music theory, Russian opera, modal theory and history, twentieth-century music theory, and hiphop and popular music. As a public music theorist, his scholarship has appeared in Adam Neely’s YouTube channel, the BBC, the CBC, Die Zeit, The Economist, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Our Body Politic, and WQXR’s Aria Code, among other outlets. Ewell is the series editor for the Oxford University Press book series, Theorizing African American Music, which launched in Fall 2022.
Fredara Mareva Hadley is an ethnomusicology professor at Juilliard in the music history department. Hadley teaches courses on jazz history, African American music, and ethnomusicology, and her research centers on the diverse musical legacies and impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Her publications include the ICTM Yearbook and Journal of Popular Music Studies as well as outlets including The Washington Post and Billboard Magazine. She’s presented her research at academic conferences both domestically and abroad. Hadley’s other area of research focuses on Shirley Graham DuBois and the influence of musical pan-Africanism in her opera Tom Tom (1932) and her ongoing political engagement. Hadley earned her undergraduate and masters’s degree from Florida A&M University and Clark-Atlanta University, respectively, and her PhD in ethnomusicology from Indiana University.