Music Department

Mark BurfordMark Burford

R.P. Wollenberg Professor of Music  

B.A., Music, University of California at Santa Barbara, 1994
M.A., Historical Musicology, Columbia University, 1999
Ph.D., Historical Musicology, Columbia University, 2005 

Music history, nineteenth-century music, twentieth-century American popular music, African American music.

Mark Burford is R.P. Wollenberg Professor of Music at Reed College, where he is also chair of the American Studies program. His research and teaching focuses on late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Austro-German concert music and twentieth-century popular music in the United States, with particular focus on African American music after World War II. His scholarship has appeared in the Journal of Musicology, 19th-Century Music, Nineteenth-Century Music Review, Current Musicology, Musical Quarterly, the Journal of the American Musicological Society, and other edited collections. His article “Sam Cooke as Pop Album Artist—A Reinvention in Three Songs” received the Society for American Music’s 2012 Irving Lowens Award for the outstanding article on American music. His book Mahalia Jackson and the Black Gospel Field (Oxford, 2019) received multiple prizes, including the Otto Kinkeldey Award from the American Musicological Society for the outstanding book in musicology by a senior scholar. He is the editor of The Mahalia Jackson Reader (2020), an anthology of writings on Jackson for Oxford’s Readers on American Musicians series.