Melinda Latour

Melinda Latour

Contact Info:
Department of Music
Granoff Music Center, M274
20 Talbot Avenue
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617-627-3564
Personal website

Office Hours:
By appointment

Rumsey Family Assistant Professor in the Humanities and Arts
Assistant Professor of Musicology

Ph.D. in Musicology, UCLA (2016) 
M.A. in Ethnomusicology, UC Riverside (2009)
B.A. in Music, UC Berkeley (2002)
École nationale des chartes, Newberry Library Exchange Fellow, Paris, France (2014-15)

Melinda Latour received her Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2016. She received an M.A. in Musicology from the same institution in 2011, as well as an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, Riverside, in 2009. She has published work on early music in the Journal of Musicology (2015), the Revue de musicologie (2016), and the Cambridge History of Sixteenth-Century Music (2018). And she has published an edited collection on popular music (co-edited with Fink and Wallmark), The Relentless Pursuit of Tone: Timbre in Popular Music (Oxford University Press, 2018).

She has received several prestigious awards and fellowships, including a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend (2018), an ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship, held in residency at the Centre d'Études Supérieures de la Renaissance, Tours, France (2015-16), the Newberry Library École Nationale des Chartes Exchange Fellowship (Paris, 2014-15), and the Bourse Jean Marandon, awarded by the Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones d'Amérique (2014-15).

Latour's research is centered on Renaissance music history, early modern music jurisprudence, music and ethics, tone and timbre in popular music, and Mexican music cultures. In her own words, the common thread connecting Ms. Latour's diverse interests is a fascination "with music as a transformative communal practice, particularly in moments of social or political upheaval." Ms. Latour is currently preparing her first monograph, The Voice of Virtue: Moral Song in Late Renaissance France, 1574-1652.

Research Interests
Renaissance music; ethics/moral philosophy; tone and timbre

Recent Publications

  • "Disciplining Song in Sixteenth-Century Geneva," Journal of Musicology 32, no. 1 (2015):1-39. 
  • "Les Quatrains de Pibrac en musique: supplément bibliographique," Revue de musicologie 102, no. 1 (2016): 143-52.
  • "Case Study: Musical Encounters in Tenochtitlàn/Mexico City," in The Cambridge History of Sixteenth-Century Music (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).
  • Co-editor (with Robert Fink and Zachary Wallmark), The Relentless Pursuit of Tone: Timbre in Popular Music (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). 

Music History before 1750; Music and Ethics; Women in Music; French Pop; Colonial Soundscapes, 1492-1800