Alumni (Fellow)

Steven Lewis

Edgar Shannon Fellow
Atlanta, Georgia
B.A. Florida State University (2013)
M.A. University of Virginia (2015)
Ph.D. University of Virginia (2018)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences


Steven Lewis is curator for the National Museum of African American Music, a new museum opening in Nashville in 2019. Prior to his arrival in Nashville, he worked as a researcher and curator for the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation. Lewis has presented his research at national and international conferences including the Society for American Music, the Society for Ethnomusicology, and the Rhythm Changes International Jazz Conference. His dissertation, “Jazz Neoclassicism and Racial Uplift,” focuses on the influence of African American political ideologies on jazz in the 1980s and 1990s. Steven received his B.A. in jazz studies from Florida State University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in music from the University of Virginia.

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