Haitian Studies Association

Member Profile

Melvin Butler

University of Miami - associate professor

Email: mlb267@miami.edu
Open to talking with: Anyone

Interests: Anthropology, Black Studies, Cultural Studies, Diaspora Studies, Digital Humanities, History, Identity, Immigration, Music, Performance Studies, Arts - Performing, Women's and Gender Studies

Melvin L. Butler is an associate professor in the Department of Musicology at the University of Miami. His research examines music-making throughout the African diaspora, with an emphasis on the intersections of musical style, religious experience, and cultural identity. He is the author of Island Gospel: Pentecostal Music and Identity in Jamaica and the United States (University of Illinois Press). His second book, Heated Worship: Music, Christianity and the Cultural Politics of Transcendence in Haiti, is under contract with Oxford University Press. In addition to his scholarly work, he tours and records as a jazz saxophonist.