Josephine R.B. Wright

Josephine Wright

Josephine Lincoln Morris Professor - Africana Studies [Department Chair], Professor of Music – Music History and Literature

Office: Scheide 216
Phone: 330-263-2044


  • B.Mus., University of Missouri
  • M.Mus., Pius XII Academy, Italy
  • M.A., University of Missouri
  • Ph.D., Musicology, New York University

Courses Taught

  • AFST 401: Independent Study
  • MUSC 213: Music History III
  • IDPT 101: First-Year Seminar

Awards and Professional Memberships

  • Member of inaugural Editorial Board for Lever Press (2016)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Society for American Music (2015)
  • Former Editor - American Music, first women appointed editor for this society, first black appointed to such a position by a national musicological organization in the United States - 1994-1997
  • Former Editor - Music and African-American Culture
  • Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of Missouri - 1999
  • Board of Directors of the American Musicological Society, The Society for American Music - member
  • Pi Kappa Lambda Upsilon Chapter - National Music Honorary
  • National Artistic Directorate - member
  • Former Trustee - The American Classical Music Hall of Fame, Museum of Cincinnati
  • The Clark Fund Award
  • The National Endowment of the Humanities
  • The Henry Luce Award - Distinguished Scholarship


  • The holder of the first endowed chair in Black Studies at The College of Wooster, where she joined the faculty in 1981.
  • In the summer of 2006, she presented an invited paper at Oxford University.
  • Is currently an adviser for the revised Grove Dictionary of American Music published by Oxford University Press.
  • She is an expert in African-American music, American music, women in music, and Western music history.