Michael Conklin

Jazz Historian and Writer in New Jersey

Michael Conklin

Jazz Historian and Writer in New Jersey

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As a scholar of jazz history and American culture, my teaching and research interests lie at the intersection of the literary, visual, and musical arts, with a focus on the blues elements that cohesively link the three forms. My classes incorporate a strong multidisciplinary focus by drawing on texts from across the humanities to demonstrate the work of art’s relevance to contemporary society and to raise larger socio-cultural questions. Most importantly, my writing aims to preserve, promote, and promulgate the American aesthetic.