Jud Wellington

ethnomusicologist, audio-visual producer, performer

Scholarly approach 

Jud's scholarly focus is currently on music of the African diaspora, specifically the coastal region of Ecuador and Colombia known as "El Pacífico."  Interested in processes of binational and transnational identity construction, his research focuses on ontological and epistemological borders, how they are manifest in sound, and the importance that musical performance plays in the sonic reification of those borders.  He is currently working on his dissertation, which is tentatively titled, "Traversing and Transcending Borders: Musical Performativity in El Pacífico's Binational African Diaspora."


Over the years, Jud has given various various presentations about his research at academic conferences, museum exhibitions, and community centers.  In November of 2017 at his undergraduate Alma Mater Saint Michael's College in Vermont, he will hold a talk titled "Afro-Ecuadorian Music in 'El Pacífico': The Marimba Complex of an African Diaspora."  In 2016, at the annual meeting for the Society of Ethnomusicology, he presented a paper entitled, "Performativity and Binationalism in “El Pacífico” of Colombia and Ecuador."   In 2013, at the same conference, he presented a paper entitled "Cultural Regionalism and the Politics of Multicultural Nationalism: Musical Identities in Esmeraldas, Ecuador."  At the same meeting, he co-led a workshop on Afro-Ecuadorian and Afro-Colombian Music and Dance accompanied by his colleagues Ian Middleton and Michael Birenbaum-Quintero.  For two years in a row he was part of a team of musicians and ethnomusicologists called "Costas," that did academic, musical, and dance presentations and workshops at local libraries, elementary schools, and community centers.


Jud is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at Baruch College, City University of New York, where he teaches "Music in Civilization," which focuses on the music of Western Europe and contextualizing it within social class stratifications, cultural value systems, and historiographies in order to allow for comparisons with music from all over the world.

Jud believes that the best way for students to apprehend and synthesize information is providing them with the appropriate space in which they can deal with new concepts and material.  He facilitates this space by engaging directly with students during lecture by encouraging questions and comments, by providing time for small group discussions, and assigning writing exercises that engage with subjective topics using concepts introduced in the class. Formulating one's own voice is essential to the learning process, so he does his very best to create a classroom that is socially comfortable for students while maintaining an atmosphere of professionalism.  While working as a teaching assistant at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Jud received the highest possible marks for each of the six semesters he taught, placing him within the top 10% of all teachers at the university.