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Dr. Leslie C. Gay Jr.Leslie C. Gay Jr.

Associate Professor of Musicology
Hired: 1996

University of Tennessee
School of Music
236 Natalie L. Haslam Music Center
Knoxville, TN 37996-4040
Phone: 865-974-7525
Musicology website

Leslie C. Gay Jr., Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee, holds a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Columbia University. He has published articles and reviews on American music and culture in the journals Ethnomusicology, American Music, and World of Music. His research also appears in Audible Infrastructures: Music, Sound, Media (2021) and Ethnomusicology: A Contemporary Reader (Routledge, 2005, edited by Jennifer C. Post). With his collaborator, René Lysloff, he conceptualized, co-edited, and contributed to Music and Technoculture (Wesleyan University Press, 2003), which examines emerging and dynamic relationships among music, culture, and technology.

Gay has published research on indie rock musicians in New York City and music publishing in the 19th-century United States. Currently, he is completing a book on the reception of African American music in Denmark. He began this continuing historical and ethnographic research with a Fulbright Scholar grant in 2002, at which time he also served on the faculty of Aarhus University (Århus, Denmark). 

His additional teaching and research interests include ethnography, sound studies, and ecomusicology.  At University of Tennessee, Gay founded and served as inaugural director of the Balinese gamelan, a semar peguligan ensemble. He’s also active within the College of Arts and Science interdisciplinary programs of Africana Studies and Global Studies.

Leslie Gay is a member of the editorial board of the journal Jazz Perspectives. He remains active within the Society for Ethnomusicology, the Society for American Music, and the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. He has been a participant in the NEH Summer Research Program (1994) and the Fulbright Specialist Program (2011).

  • Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology, Columbia University, 1991
  • M.Phil. in Ethnomusicology, Columbia University, 1989
  • M.M. in Music Theory, University of North Texas, 1980
  • B.M, in Music Theory, University of North Texas, 1976

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