Music Department

Morgan James LukerMorgan James Luker

Associate Professor of Music  

B.A., Music History, University of Wisconsin, 2001
M.A., Ethnomusicology, Columbia University, 2003
Ph.D., Ethnomusicology, Columbia University, 2009 

Ethnomusicology, music of Latin America, cultural politics.

Morgan James Luker is Associate Professor of Music at Reed College. An ethnomusicologist, Morgan’s scholarly work focuses on the cultural politics of Latin American music, with special emphasis on contemporary tango music in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His first book on this topic, The Tango Machine: Musical Culture in the Age of Expediency, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2016. He joined the Reed faculty in 2010, and teaches a wide variety of courses on world music and culture, including the Cultural Study of Music, Music and Politics, Latin American Popular Music, and Musical Ethnography, among many others. Morgan is also the director of Tango for Musicians at Reed College, an intensive summer music program that brings musicians from around the world to Reed to study tango.