Alex Blue V

Graduate Student




Alex Blue V is a Doctoral Candidate in Ethnomusicology at UCSB. He holds a B.M. in Trombone Performance from Texas Tech University and an M.M. in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas. At UCSB, Alex has served as a Teaching Assistant for multiple courses in the Black Studies department, including Intro to Black Studies, Blacks in the Media, and Blacks and Western Civilization. He has also worked as the Teaching Associate for the Music department's Music and Popular Culture in North America course. He has presented papers at a number of conferences including the Society for Ethnomusicology's Annual Meeting, the RUDESA conference in American Studies (Essen, Germany), the Detroit Sound Conservancy Conference, and the Inertia Conference on Sound, Media, and the Digital Humanities.

In addition to his studies at UCSB, Alex enjoys a busy career as a performer, arranger, music educator, and consultant, working nationally with a wide range of groups from high school marching bands to professional theater companies. 

His research is focused on hip-hop, race, spatial change, and representation in Detroit, Michigan.

2017 "Hear What You Want": Sonic Politics, Blackness, and Racism-Canceling Headphones. Current Musicology 99-100: 87-106.