Justin Patch

Associate Professor and Chair of Music

Justin Patch studies music in American politics; sound studies; East Asian art music; and music in the African diaspora. He is currently engaged in two projects, a monograph on the artistic practices of contemporary American populism and an ethnographic study of sound and religion in the post-industrial areas of the Hudson Valley. His monograph, Discordant Democracy: Noise, Affect, Populism and the Presidential Campaign, was published by Routledge in 2019, and a sound studies text book Re-Making Sound: An Experiential Approach to Sound Studies, co-authored with Tom Porcello, is being published by Bloomsbury in 2021.


BM, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; MM, The Boston Conservatory; MM, PhD, The University of Texas at Austin
At Vassar since 2012


Skinner Hall
Box 490


MEDS 160 Approaches to Media Studies
MUSI 246 Music and Ideas I --- Medieval and Renaissance Music in Global Context
MUSI 382 Pop! An Investigation into the Music We Love to Hate

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Dean Porcello and Professor Patch co-author Re-Making Sound
Thomas Porcello, Professor of Anthropology and Dean of Studies, and Justin Patch, Associate Professor of Music, are co-authors of Re-Making Sound: An Experiential Approach to Sound Studies, newly published by Bloomsbury Academic. Re-Making Sound guides readers through multiple ways of conceptualizing sound and its links to social phenomena.

In the Media

Who Inspires Me

In celebration of Black History Month, five Vassar professors discuss some of the individuals who made an impact on them.


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