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Christopher Wells

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Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0405
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0405
Biography: 

Christopher J. "Christi Jay" Wells is assistant professor of musicology at Arizona State University's School of Music and affiliate faculty with ASU’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy. They received their doctorate in 2014 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where their dissertation on drummer/bandleader Chick Webb and swing music in Harlem during the Great Depression received the Society for American Music’s Wiley Housewright Dissertation Award and UNC’s Glen Haydon Award for an Outstanding Dissertation in Musicology. They have also received Videmus’s Edgar A. Toppin Award for Outstanding Research in African American Music, a Morroe Berger/Benny Carter Jazz Research Fellowship from the Institute of Jazz Studies, and the Irving Lowens Article Award from the Society for American Music. A social jazz and blues dancer for over a decade, Wells regularly places highly in blues dance competitions and is a frequent lecturer and clinician at national and international events, having recently taught blues and jazz dance classes and lectured on dance history in Seoul, South Korea and Hong Kong. Professor Wells is currently writing a book about the history of jazz music’s ever-shifting relationship with popular dance (under contract with Oxford University Press) and has published articles in the journals Women & MusicJazz & CultureJournal of the Society for American Music, and Daedalus as well as providing multiple chapters on jazz dance history topics for volumes in the Oxford Handbook series.

Education: 

Ph.D. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill 2014

Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
MHL 365Popular Music and Race
MHL 499Individualized Instruction
MHL 590Reading and Conference
MHL 691Seminar
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
MHL 499Individualized Instruction
MHL 590Reading and Conference
MHL 598Special Topics
MHL 691Seminar
MHL 798Research Colloquium
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
MHL 394Special Topics
MHL 499Individualized Instruction
MHL 590Reading and Conference
MHL 632Applied Musicology
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
MHL 494Special Topics
MHL 499Individualized Instruction
MHL 590Reading and Conference
MHL 598Special Topics
MHL 691Seminar
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
MHL 494Special Topics
MHL 499Individualized Instruction
MHL 590Reading and Conference
MHL 598Special Topics
MHL 691Seminar
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
MUS 354Popular Music
MHL 494Special Topics
MHL 499Individualized Instruction
MHL 590Reading and Conference
MHL 598Special Topics
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MHL 494Special Topics
MHL 499Individualized Instruction
MHL 590Reading and Conference
MHL 598Special Topics
MHL 691Seminar
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MHL 342Music History II
MHL 494Special Topics
MHL 499Individualized Instruction
MHL 590Reading and Conference
MHL 598Special Topics
MHL 632Applied Musicology
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MHL 494Special Topics
MHL 499Individualized Instruction
MHL 590Reading and Conference
MHL 598Special Topics
MHL 691Seminar
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MHL 342Music History II
MHL 494Special Topics
MHL 499Individualized Instruction
MHL 590Reading and Conference
MHL 598Special Topics
MHL 691Seminar