Clifton Boyd (he/him) is a music theorist and scholar-activist based in New York City. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in music theory at Yale University. Beginning in Fall 2022, he will be a Visiting Assistant Professor (tenure track; Assistant Professor effective Fall 2024) in the Department of Music at New York University. His research lies at the intersection of (racial) identity, politics, and social justice in American popular music. His dissertation, “Keep It Barbershop: Stylistic Preservation and Whiteness in the Barbershop Harmony Society,” uses the Society as a case study to examine how institutions instrumentalize music theory to uphold discriminatory sociopolitical values within their communities. His work has been supported by fellowships from the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, and the American Council of Learned Societies, among others. He is also the founder of Project Spectrum
, a graduate student-led coalition committed to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in music academia.
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