Tracy McMullen

Affiliation: Music
Associate Professor of Music
Published Author and Recording Artist

Tracy McMullen is a saxophonist, composer, and Associate 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, Haunthenticity: Musical Replay 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, Parma, and Plutonium record labels.

Tracy McMullen


  • B.A. Stanford
  • M.M. University of North Texas
  • M.A. University of North Texas
  • Ph.D. University of California, San Diego