Heather Pinson, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Communication & Media Arts
Office: WHE 212
or by appointment
Dr. Heather Pinson has degrees in Music, Musicology, and Interdisciplinary Arts and teaches courses on art, music history and the history of photography at Robert Morris University. She has a joint appointment in both the Communication and Media Arts departments, where she coordinates the Humanities 1010: Art and Music undergraduate core course and continues to develop new courses for RMU. In addition to her training as a classical violinist, she performs rock and jazz regularly in the greater Pittsburgh and Ohio area and was a composer in residence for the Distillery Program of Pittsburgh's Brew House Association. In addition, Heather was asked to create a site-specific collaborative art project with conceptual artist, Matthew Conboy, for the Gestures exhibit at the Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art.
Heather publishes predominately on popular music, jazz, aesthetics, and race theory and is the author of The Jazz Image: Seeing Music Through Herman Leonard's Photography, published by the University Press of Mississippi, which examines the photographs of African American jazz musicians during the 1950s and 1960s. Other publications include articles in Rock Brands: Selling Sound in a Media Saturated Society, the Encyclopedia of the Blues, and the Encyclopedia of African American Music.
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