Ronald Radano is an Americanist with special interest in the history of US Black music and its transnational circulation. He approaches his subject through the interpretive mechanisms of social and cultural theory and history, giving particular emphasis to the ideological formation of race. He teaches seminars and courses on a variety of topics, including ethnomusicological history and theory, global jazz, and the cultural study of music.
Radano is the author of two, award-winning books, New Musical Figurations: Anthony Braxton's Cultural Critique (Chicago, 1993; Italian translation, forthcoming) and Lying up a Nation: Race and Black Music (Chicago, 2003), and coeditor of Music and the Racial Imagination (Chicago, 2000) and Audible Empire: Music, Global Politics, Critique (Duke, forthcoming). His work has appeared in numerous journals, including Musical Quarterly, Daedalus, Critical Inquiry, Modernism/Modernity, and Radical History Review. He is coeditor of two book series, Refiguring American Music (Duke) and Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology. Radano has held research residencies and fellowships at numerous institutions, including the WEB Du Bois Institute (Harvard), the Smithsonian Institution, and the University of Pennsylvania (as a Rockefeller Fellow). He was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1997. He is presently Senior Fellow at Wisconsin’s Institute for Research in the Humanities (2013-2017), where he is preparing a new book on music, race, and value (http://irh.wisc.edu/people.php?menu=2).