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 Teaching Associate for the Music department's Music and Popular Culture in North America course. His research is focused on the intersections of sound, race, geography, and identity formation; he has presented his research 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 Pop Conference at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, Washington.

Alex is the 2019-2021 Thurgood Marshall Fellow in African American and African Diaspora Studies at Dartmouth College. In addition to his academic career, 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 dissertation is an ethnographic study of hip-hop, race, spatial change, and identity in contemporary Detroit, Michigan.


2018 “Ain't It Funny? Danny Brown, Black Subjectivity, and the Performance of Neurosis”  A Poetics of Neurosis: Cultural Narratives of Mental Disability: 137-158.

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