Matthew Eric Pessar Joseph

Matthew Joseph is a doctoral student in History at Columbia University, specializing in 20th century U.S. cultural history with a focus on popular music. Matthew received his B.A. in History and Ethnicity, Race & Migration from Yale University. Prior to coming to Columbia, he presented and published on Mississippi Hill Country blues music, antebellum slave songs of the U.S. South, New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Indian tradition, and Cuban son and hip hop. He also worked at the Blues Archive at the University of Mississippi, the Centro de Documentación in Veracruz, the Louisiana State Museum in New Orleans, and at several record stores. Matthew is currently researching the intertwined histories of punk and hip hop in 1970s and 1980s New York City.