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Research/Areas of Interest:

Expertise: Musicology; Research interests: 16th and 17th c. Music; the Cultural History of Philosophy; Stoicism and Neostoicism; Tone and Timbre; Mexican Music.


  • PhD, UCLA, United States
  • MA, UC Riverside, United States
  • BA, UC Berkeley, United States


Melinda Latour earned a PhD in Musicology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2016, an MA in Ethnomusicology from UC Riverside (2009), and a BA in Music from UC Berkeley (2002). Latour's research centers on music and Stoic philosophy in early modern France. She is also interested in music jurisprudence, tone and timbre in popular music, and Mexican music cultures. The common thread connecting these diverse interests is a fascination with music as a therapeutic and transformative communal practice, particularly in moments of social or political upheaval.

Her first monograph, The Voice of Virtue: Moral Song and the Practice of French Stoicism, 1574-1652 was published by Oxford University Press in 2023. Latour's scholarship on early music has also been published in the Bloomsbury Cultural History of Western Music in the Renaissance (2023), the Journal of Musicology (2015), the Revue de musicologie (2016), the Cambridge History of Sixteenth-Century Music (2018), and Music and Letters (2021). In the field of popular music, she has published an edited collection (co-edited with Robert Fink and Zachary Wallmark), The Relentless Pursuit of Tone: Timbre in Popular Music (Oxford University Press, 2018), which was awarded the Ruth A. Solie Award from the American Musicological Society and was a finalist for the Outstanding Multi-Author Collection Award from the Society for Music Theory.

Latour's work has been supported by an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship (2019-20), a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend (2018), an ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship, held in residency at the Centre d'Études Supérieures de la Renaissance, Tours, France (2015-16), the Newberry Library École Nationale des Chartes Exchange Fellowship (Paris, 2014-15), and the Bourse Jean Marandon, awarded by the Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones d'Amérique (2014-15).