Nathan Bakkum


Nathan Bakkum
Senior Associate Provost
600 S. Michigan Ave., Room 907
Chicago, IL 60605

Nathan Bakkum, PhD, is senior associate provost and associate professor of music at Columbia College Chicago. In his role as senior associate provost, Bakkum serves as the senior vice president and provost’s chief deputy, working closely with the academic leadership team to promote an environment of continuous improvement. He provides leadership and oversight for all academic operations, academic program development and review, and academic support services.

Prior to his current leadership position, he has served as associate dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts, interim associate director of the Center for Black Music Research, associate chair of the music department, coordinator of the musicology curriculum, and in several other departmental and college-wide leadership roles.

In his published writings and his curricular designs, Bakkum has focused on the interactive dynamics of improvising musicians, popular music historiography, and the production and circulation of musical recordings. His research has appeared in such publications as Black Music Research Journal, Jazz Perspectives, and the Journal of Music History Pedagogy, and he has authored ancillary materials for several textbooks published by W.W. Norton. As a bassist, he has studied with jazz legend Richard Davis and Chicago jazz stalwart Larry Gray.

Bakkum holds a PhD in History and Theory of Music and an MA in Ethnomusicology from the University of Chicago, an MMus in Double Bass Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a BMus in Music Education from DePaul University.