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Timothy Rommen

Davidson Kennedy Professor in the College Professor of Music and Africana Studies

Interim Department Chair

Timothy Rommen (Ph.D. University of Chicago, 2002) specializes in the music of the Caribbean with research interests that include coloniality/decoloniality, the political economy of music and sound, creole musical formations, tourism, diaspora, music and spirituality, and the ethics of style. His first book, entitled "Mek Some Noise": Gospel Music and the Ethics of Style in Trinidad (University of California Press, 2007), was awarded the Alan P. Merriam Prize by the Society for Ethnomusicology in 2008. His is also the author of “Funky Nassau”: Roots, Routes, and Representation in Bahamian Popular Music (University of California Press, 2011). He is contributing author to and co-editor, along with Daniel Neely, of Sun, Sea, and Sound: Music and Tourism in the Circum-Caribbean (Oxford University Press, 2014).

He is co-editor of the Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology book series (University of Chicago Press), and editor of and contributing author to Excursions in World Music (Pearson). He is a contributor to the Cambridge History of World Music, and his articles and reviews appear in Ethnomusicology, Popular Music, the Black Music Research Journal, the Journal of Musicology, the Latin American Music Review, The World of Music, The New West Indian Guide, the Journal of Religion, the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, The Yearbook for Traditional Music, the Journal of Anthropological Research, the International Dictionary of Black Composers, and the Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World. His current projects include a musical ethnography of Dominica and a second volume on music and tourism in the circum-Caribbean.

Research Interests

  • Caribbean Studies
  • Coloniality/decoloniality
  • The political economy of music and sound
  • Creole musical formations
  • Tourism
  • Diaspora
  • Music and spirituality
  • The ethics of style