Michael W. Harris is a librarian, archivist, and musicologist, whose research looks at archival history and theory, along with film and popular music. He currently works as an an instructional librarian, archivist, and digital humanist in the Department of Special Collections and Archives at the University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries and as an instructor of rock history in CU’s Continuing Education program. He holds a Ph.D. in musicology from CU–Boulder, and he also holds degrees in bassoon performance from Truman State University and the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He is currently pursuing a MS in Library and Information Science with a concentration in archives management at Simmons College. Prior to his current position he taught courses at both Metropolitan State University of Denver and CU-Boulder on American music, the American film musical, and music appreciation.
Harris’ musicological research focuses on the music and film scores of Japanese composer Fumio Hayasaka, though he has also written and presented on the music of Jerry Goldsmith, Yoko Kanno, and James Horner among others. His articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in Cinema Journal, Asian Music, the Journal of the Society for American Music, Middle West Review, and Flow, and he has presented papers at Music and the Moving Image, the annual meetings of the Society of Cinema and Media Studies and the Society for American Music, and at numerous regional conferences around the United States.