Karl Hagstrom Miller

Karl Hagstrom Miller is an Associate Professor at the McIntire Department of Music at the University of Virginia. His book, Segregating Sound: Inventing Folk and Pop Music in the Age of Jim Crow, examines how southern music, with its complex sounds and styles, was reduced to a series of distinct genres linked to particular racial and ethnic identities in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Contending that people’s musical worlds were defined less by who they were than by the music that they heard, Miller challenges assumptions about the relation of race, music, and the market.