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Jonathan Pieslak
Position: Associate Professor, The City College of New York and the Graduate Center
Campus Affiliation: City College of New York|CUNY Graduate Center
Phone: (212) 650-7665
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., University of Michigan
Research Interests: 20th Century; critical theory; popular music

Jonathan Pieslak is a music theorist and composer. His areas of research interest include critical theory, rhythm and meter in metal music, and music and war. As composer, Jonathan was awarded a Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2006, a Guggenheim fellowship in 2011,  and he has also been recognized with awards and commissions from the Jerome Foundation, American Composers Forum, MacDowell Colony, among others.


Sound Targets: American Soldiers and the Music of the Iraq War. Bloomington IN: Indiana University Press, 2009.

“Text, Sound, and Identity in Korn’s ‘Hey Daddy’.” Popular Music 27/1 (2008): 35–52.

Review of Kevin Korsyn, Decentering Music (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003). Music Theory Online, 14/1 (2008).

“Re-casting Metal: Rhythm and Meter in the Music of Meshuggah.” Music Theory Spectrum 29/2 (2007): 219–45.

“Sound Targets: Music and the War in Iraq.” The Journal of Musicological Research 26/2–3 (2007): 123–50.

“Conflicting Analytical Approaches to Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Tonality: An Archaeological Evaluation.” Theory and Practice 30 (2006): 97–132.

“The Challenges of Plurality within Contemporary Composition.” The Musical Times 146 (Spring 2005): 45–57.