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Michael Conklin

Adjunct Instructor of Music (Historical and Cultural Studies in Music)

M.A., Jazz History and Research, Rutgers University
B.A., Psychology, Rowan University
B.A., Music, Rutgers University

Mr. Conklin is an Adjunct Instructor of Music at The College of New Jersey where his courses have included:

  • MUS 245: History of Jazz
  • MUS 260: Exploring Concert Music

Michael Conklin is an active jazz scholar, cultural historian, and writer who specializes in jazz history and American music, music of the antebellum South, the Harlem Renaissance, and issues of race and class.

Mr. Conklin is presently pursuing the Doctor of Arts and Letters degree (with a concentration in jazz history) at Drew University, where his dissertation is entitled, “Runnin’ Wild: Harlem, the Interwar Years, and the Music that Transformed a Nation.”

Mr. Conklin graduated from Rutgers University with a Master’s degree in Jazz History and Research and studied under such luminaries as Lewis Porter and Henry Martin. His thesis, an examination of the divergent piano styles of Bill Evans and Thelonious Monk, was entitled “The Poet and The Priest.”

Mr. Conklin spends the majority of his time teaching and writing; his work can be seen in publications by Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Johns Hopkins University Press, Salem Press, Scarecrow Press, University of Michigan Press, ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Press, and SAGE Publications.