Mark Katz

Mark Katz


Music scholar Mark Katz began his five-year term as director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities in July 2014.

Katz, the Ruel W. Tyson, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Humanities, has participated in the IAH’s Faculty Fellows, Chairs Leadership, and Academic Leadership programs. An IAH innovation grant helped him develop new courses that combined hands-on music making with entrepreneurship and community engagement. That work led to a $1 million grant from the U.S. State Department to create Next Level, an international exchange program that uses hip-hop to promote cultural exchange and conflict resolution.

He joined UNC’s music faculty in 2006 and became department chair in 2012. He had previously served as chair of the department of musicology at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University.

Katz’s research explores the intersections of music, technology and culture. He is author of three books, an edited volume, and numerous publications. His latest book, Groove Music: The Art and Culture of the Hip-Hop DJ, was named among the 20 best music books of 2013 by Rolling Stone magazine. He has formerly served as editor of the Journal of the Society for American Music, senior editor for Oxford Handbooks Online, and delegate to the National Recordings Preservation Board. He received a UNC Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement in 2011.

He is a classically trained violinist and holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in musicology from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in philosophy from the College of William and Mary.

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