Jeffrey Taylor, who received his doctorate from Michigan, has been a member of the Conservatory faculty since 1993 and is the Director of the H. Wiley Hitchcock Institute of Studies in American Music (ISAM). He specializes in jazz and other areas of music in the United States. His scholarly work has focused primarily on pre-1940s jazz, though his interests include many aspects of current trends in jazz and popular music scholarship and performance, particularly those related to race, gender, class, sexuality and spirituality. He is on the editorial boards of Black Music Research Journal and the Journal of the Society for American Music. His writing has appeared in Musical Quarterly, Black Music Research Journal, American Music, the ISAM Newsletter and other publications. As a performer, Taylor has focused primarily on the work of early jazz pianists such as Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller and James P. Johnson.