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Mark F. DeWitt is Professor of Music at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. In July 2010 he was appointed to the Dr. Tommy Comeaux Endowed Chair in Traditional Music within the School of Music at ULL.

Mark did his undergraduate work at MIT in urban studies and planning and took private voice lessons on the side. He studied music theory at New England Conservatory of Music, then completed doctoral work in ethnomusicology at University of California, Berkeley. He taught ethnomusicology and world music at Ohio State University for two years. He is past President of the Northern California Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology.

His Popular Music and Society article won the Society for Ethnomusicology's 2004 Klaus P. Wachsmann Prize for "innovative methods in the study of musical instruments." His work also appears in the book, Accordions, Fiddles, Two Step & Swing: A Cajun Music Reader, edited by Ryan Brasseaux and Kevin Fontenot.

DeWitt studied the double bass and piano as a youth and plays and sings now for his own enjoyment. During his dissertation research, he studied Cajun accordion with Danny Poullard.

Published Work

2009. "Louisiana Creole Bals de maison in California and the Accumulation of Social Capital." the world of music 51(1):17-34

2003. "The Diatonic Button Accordion in Ethnic Context: Idiom and Style in Cajun Dance Music." Popular Music and Society 26(3):305-30

1999. Guest editor’s preface to special issue on Music, Travel, and Tourism (Contributors: Vicki Brennan, Judith Cohen, Timothy Cooley, Mark DeWitt, Martin Stokes, and Jeff Titon). the world of music 41(3):5-9

1999. "Heritage, Tradition and Travel: Louisiana French Culture Placed on a California Dance Floor." the world of music 41(3):57-83

Published Reviews

2005. Book review of Four Parts, No Waiting: A Social History of American Barbershop Harmony by Gage Averill (Oxford University Press). Ethnomusicology 49(1):123-126

2004. Recording reviews of The Carrière Brothers: Old Time Louisiana Creole Music (Arhoolie CD 512) and The Best of Clifton Chenier: The King of Zydeco and Louisiana Blues (Arhoolie CD 474), Yearbook for Traditional Music 36:190-191

2003. Recording reviews of The Best of the Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band (Arhoolie CD 500) and Luderin Darbone's Hackberry Ramblers. Early Recordings: 1935-1950 (Arhoolie CD 7050). Yearbook for Traditional Music 35:220-22

2001. Recording review of Planet Squeezebox: Accordion Music From Around the World (ellipsis arts... CD 3470). Musical Performance 3(2-4):259-268