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Steven F. Pond

Associate Professor

Lincoln Hall, Room 101



Steven F. Pond's scholarly interests center on jazz and musics of the African Diaspora generally. His articles and reviews have appeared in Ethnomusicology and the Music Library Association's journal, Notes. His book, Herbie Hancock's Head Hunters: The Making of Jazz's First Platinum Album, will be published by University of Michigan Press. His work generally focuses on historiography, especially as it relates to issues of authenticity and authority, race, ethnicity, class, gender, and other identity frameworks, particularly as these issues. A central consideration is the politics of genre classification.

Pond teaches graduate courses on theoretical and research issues in ethnomusicology, as well as advanced topics in jazz, popular music, and musics of the African Diaspora. He teaches undergraduate survey courses in these areas as well, and he offers specialized courses in American sub-cultural musics, post-World War II jazz, and rhythm-and-blues. He was awarded an Innovation in Teaching development grant (the grant program's inaugural year) and will be a Society for the Humanities Faculty Fellow (Spring 2006). He has also served as the music department's Director of Undergraduate Studies.

For the past five years, Pond has played with and sponsored Cornell's Brazilian music group, Deixa Sambar.


  • Africana Studies and Research Center
  • Music

Graduate Fields

  • Africana Studies
  • American Studies
  • Music


  • Jazz
  • Musics of the African Diaspora


Selected Articles:

  • "Such Sweet Thunder [book review]. Notes: Journal of the Modern Language Association, in process (scheduled for June 2005).
  • Tami, Tazio (dir.), Billy Cobham's Glass Menagerie and Dorfman, Stanley (dir.), World of Rhythm [documentary film review]. Ethnomusicology (in process: scheduled for Spring 2005).
  • "Jamming the Reception: Ken Burns, Jazz and the Problem of 'America's Music.'" Notes: Journal of the Modern Language Association, vol. 60, no. 1 (September 2003): 11-45.
  • "Ken Burns' Jazz [review]. Ethnomusicology, vol. 46, no. 3 (Fall 2002): 553-557.