Assistant Professor of Music
(on leave for the 2016-17 academic year)
82 Federal Street, Room 202
Tracy McMullen is a saxophonist, composer, and assistant professor of American Vernacular Music at Bowdoin College. Her courses examine jazz and popular music within the context of American culture, including “Issues in Hip Hop,” “Gender, Sexuality, and Popular Music,” “Rebel Yell: Punk Music,” and “Music in Everyday Life.” Professor McMullen’s articles have appeared in the peer-reviewed Journal of Jazz Studies, Journal of Popular Music Studies, Current Musicology, and Critical Studies in Improvisation/Études Critiques en Improvisation and many edited volumes, including Big Ears: Listening for Gender in Jazz Studies; Negotiated Moments: Improvisation, Sound and Subjectivity; People Get Ready: The Future of Jazz is Now; The Encyclopedia of African American Music; The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies; and the Grove Dictionary of American Music. Her forthcoming manuscript, Replay: Repetition, Identity, and the Fear of the Real (Wesleyan University Press) considers the growth of live musical re-enactment in relation to the decline of the modern liberal subject. Her second major project investigates improvisation as an alternative model for negotiating subjectivity, suggesting a theorization of an improvisative, rather than a performative.
As a jazz/experimental saxophonist and composer, she has performed or recorded with David Borgo, George Lewis, Anthony Davis, Dana Reason, Mark Dresser, Pauline Oliveros, and many others and can be heard on the Cadence Jazz label.
B.A. Stanford University
M.M., M.A., University of North Texas
Ph.D. University of California, San Diego
2016 “Approaching the Jazz Past: MOPDtK’s Blue and Jason Moran’s ‘In My Mind: Monk at Town Hall, 1959.’” The Journal of Jazz Studies, Vol. 11 (2) (Fall 2016).
2014 “‘Bring It On Home’: Robert Plant, Janis Joplin, and the Myth of Origin.” The Journal of Popular Music Studies, Vol. 26 (2) (June 2014).
2010 “Subject, Object, Music: John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, and Eastern (Western) Philosophy in Music.” Critical Studies in Improvisation/Études Critiques en Improvisation, Vol. 6 (2) (December 2010).
2006 “Corpo-Realities: Keepin’ it Real in ‘Music and Embodiment’ Scholarship.” Current Musicology, No. 82 (Fall 2006), 61-80.
2016 “Improvisation Within a Scene of Constraint: Judith Butler interviewed by Tracy McMullen” in Negotiated Moments: Improvisation, Sound and Subjectivity, edited by Gillian Siddal and Ellen Waterman, p. 21-36. Duke University Press.
2014 “The Improvisative,” in The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies, edited by George Lewis and Ben Piekut. Oxford University Press.
2013 “People, Don’t Get Ready: Improvisation, Democracy, and Hope” in People Get Ready: The Future of Jazz in Now, edited by Ajay Heble and Robert Wallace. Duke University Press.
2008 “Identity for Sale: Glenn Miller, Wynton Marsalis and Cultural Replay in Music.” In Big Ears: Listening for Gender in Jazz Studies, edited by Nichole Rustin and Sherrie Tucker. Duke University Press.
2016 Sounding Race in Rap Songs, by Loren Kajikawa. In Current Musicology, No. 101 (Fall 2016).
2008 Sounding Out: Pauline Oliveros and Lesbian Musicality, by Martha Mockus. In Critical Studies in Improvisation/Études Critiques en Improvisation, Vol. 4 (2) (December 2008).
2016 “Buddhism.” In The Encyclopedia of African American Culture, edited by Gerald Early. Greenwood Press.
2016 “Reenacting Historic Jazz Performances.” In The Oxford Handbooks Online in Music edited by Alexander Rehding. Oxford University Press.
2013 “Gender.” In Grove Dictionary of American Music, second edition, edited by Charles Hiroshi Garrett. Oxford University Press.
2011 “Brass Bands, Orchestras, and Dance Bands, 1919-1942.” In Encyclopedia of African American Music, edited by Emmett G. Price III, Tammy L. Kernodle, and Horace J. Maxile. Greenwood Press.
2011 “Rhythm n’ Blues, 1968-1980.” In Encyclopedia of African American Music, edited by Emmett G. Price III, Tammy L. Kernodle, and Horace J. Maxile. Greenwood Press.
2011-2013 Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar in the Humanities, University of Southern California.
2009-2010 Visiting Scholar with the Beatrice M. Bain Research Group, University of California, Berkeley.
2007-2008 Postdoctoral Scholar with the “Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice” (ICASP) Research Initiative, University of Guelph, ON, Canada.
2003-2007 University of California Predoctoral Humanities Fellowship, University of California, San Diego. One of only four fellowships awarded each year, campus-wide. Two years teaching-release.
2006 The Erickson Prize for Excellence in Research in Music, University of California, San Diego.
2006 The Jazz Society of Lower Southern California Award for Excellence in Jazz Performance, University of California, San Diego.
2002-2003 Scholarship in Composition, University of North Texas.
2001-2002 The David M. Schimmel Memorial Scholarship in Composition, University of North Texas.