Assistant Professor of Musicology
Hailing originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dr. Christopher Macklin joins the Illinois faculty after most recently serving for five years as the primary musicologist of Mercer University’s Townsend School of Music. His doctoral research was conducted at the University of York (UK), where under the supervision of long-time Hilliard Ensemble tenor Dr. John Potter he studied the use of music during the European plague epidemics of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Dr. Macklin’s current monograph project, Music in the Shadow of the Plague, expands upon this research and explores the ways that this repertoire casts new light on popular music-making in the late Middle Ages. Other research interests include the relationship between speech and song in medieval epic and lyric poetry, the place of music in medieval and early modern intellectual culture, and music’s intersection with memory and cognitive neuroscience. His work can be read in journals such as Early Music, Early Music History, the Journal of the Royal Musical Association, and the Contemporary Music Review, and heard as a performer in recordings on the Basho, NMC, and Boreas labels.
In addition to these activities, Chris also enjoys listening to and playing north Indian classical tabla, New Mexican cooking, and dancing to swing and early jazz.