Joshua Duchan

Assistant Professor Fine and Performing Arts

Areas of expertise



Joshua S. Duchan is an ethnomusicologist specializing in American popular music. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan with a dissertation on collegiate a cappella groups. He has presented his work at meetings of the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, the Society for Ethnomusicology, the International Council for Traditional Music, the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, the international Art of Record Production conference, and at various conferences on and festivals of a cappella music.

Duchan's current research projects include a study of the music of American singer-songwriter Billy Joel. His latest book on the subject, Billy Joel: America's Piano Man, was published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2017.  It has been called "much more than a biography. The writing style is fluid and the research solid, providing much insight into Joel.  A must-read analysis of the work of one our most popular performers" (Library Journal 6/1/17).  And it has been praised as "a smart analysis... [and] a welcomed addition to the books that have come before" (Jeff Schock, director of the Billy Joel Archives).

As part of his research, Dr. Duchan was also the co-organizer of "'It's Still Rock and Roll to Me': The Music and Lyrics of Billy Joel -- a Public Musicology Conference," held in October 2016 at Colorado College with support from the American Musicological Society, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.  The symposium, during which Duchan conducted a live interview with Joel as the keynote event, was featured in the New York Times.