Coordinator of Musicology
PhD. in History and Theory of Music,
University of Chicago (2009)
MA in Ethnomusicology,
University of Chicago (2006)
MMus in Double Bass,
University of Wisconsin-Madison (2002)
BMus in Music Education,
DePaul University (1999)
Nathan Bakkum teaches courses in music history and popular music studies and coordinates the department’s offerings in music history and music appreciation. His research interests include music historiography, the production and reception of musical recordings, and intersections between history and anthropology.
He has presented papers at the national meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, the Experience Music Project Pop Conference, and other local and national conferences.
As a bassist, Bakkum has studied with jazz legend Richard Davis and Chicago jazz stalwart Larry Gray. His most recent article, "Out But In: Between Discourse and Practice in a London Jazz Quartet" is included in the Summer 2013 issue of the Black Music Research Journal.